Therefore, when we could no longer stand it, we thought it was better to be left alone in Athens.
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And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's co-worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you concerning your faith,
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so that no one will be shaken by these persecutions. For you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.
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In fact, when we were with you, we told you previously that we were going to suffer persecution, and as you know, it happened.
For this reason, when I could no longer stand it, I also sent to find out about your faith, fearing that the tempter had tempted you and that our labor might be for nothing.