So when we could endure it no longer, we decided to remain behind in Athens alone;
and sent Timothy our brother and God's minister in the service of Christ's Good News, that he might help you spiritually and encourage you in your faith;
For now life is for us life indeed, since you are standing fast in the Lord.
For what thanksgiving on your behalf can we possibly offer to God in return for all the joy which fills our souls before our God for you,
while night and day, with intense earnestness, we pray that we may see your faces, and may bring to perfection whatever may be still lacking in your faith?
But may our God and Father Himself--and our Lord Jesus--guide us on our way to you;