1Foryourselves,brethren,knowour entrance inuntoyou,that it wasnot in vain:2Buteven after that we had suffered before , and were shamefully entreated , as ye know , atPhilippi, we were boldinourGod to speakuntoyou the gospel of Godwithmuchcontention.3Forourexhortation was notofdeceit,norofuncleanness,noringuile:4Butas we were allowedofGod to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak ; notaspleasingmen,butGod, which triethourhearts.5Forneither at any time used weflatteringwords , as ye know , nor a clokeofcovetousness;God is witness:6Norofmensought we glory,neitherofyou,nor yet ofothers, when we might have beenaburdensome , as the apostles of Christ.7But we weregentleamongyou, even as a nursecherishethherchildren:8So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you,not the gospel of Godonly,butalso our ownsouls,because ye weredear unto us.9For ye remember , brethren,ourlabourandtravail:forlabouringnightandday,because we wouldnot be chargeable unto any of you, we preacheduntoyou the gospel of God.10Ye are witnesses,andGod also, howholilyandjustlyandunblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe :
11As ye knowhow we exhortedandcomforted and chargedeveryone of you , as a father doth hischildren,12Thatye would walkworthy of God, who hath calledyouuntohiskingdomandglory.13
For thiscausealsothankweGod without ceasing,because, when ye received the word of God which ye heardofus, ye received it not as the word of men,butas it is in truth, the word of God,which effectually workethalsoinyou that believe .
14Forye,brethren,becamefollowers of the churches of GodwhichinJudaeaareinChristJesus:foryealso have suffered like thingsof your owncountrymen,evenas they haveof the Jews:15
Who bothkilled the LordJesus,and their ownprophets,and have persecutedus;band they pleasenotGod,and are contrary to allmen:16Forbiddingus to speak to the Gentilesthat they might be saved , to fill uptheirsinsalway:for the wrath is comeuponthemto the uttermost.17Butwe,brethren, being takenfromyoufor a shorttime in presence,not in heart,endeavoured the more abundantly to seeyourfacewithgreatdesire.18Wherefore we would have comeuntoyou,evenIPaul,onceandagain;butSatanhinderedus.19Forwhat is ourhope,orjoy,orcrown of rejoicing ? Are notevenye in the presence of ourLordJesusChristathiscoming?20Foryeareourgloryandjoy.