Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone,
and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the gospel of Christ, to establish you in your faith and to exhort you,
for now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy which we feel for your sake before our God,
praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you;
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