Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing 1to be left behind at Athens alone,
and we 2sent Timothy, 3our brother and God's coworkera in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith,
that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that 4we are destined for this.
For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, 5just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.
For this reason, 6when I could bear it no longer, 7I sent to learn about your faith, 8for fear that somehow 9the tempter had tempted you and 10our labor would be in vain.