1 Thessalonians 3:1-5 (New International Version)

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1 So when we could stand it no longer,1 we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.2 2 We sent Timothy,3 who is our brother and God's fellow workera4 in spreading the gospel of Christ,5 to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.6 You know quite well that we were destined for them.7 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.8 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer,9 I sent to find out about your faith.10 I was afraid that in some way the tempter11 might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.12
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