For you yourselvesknow, brethren, that our a1coming to you 2was not in vain,
but after we had alreadysuffered and been 3mistreated in 4Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God5to speak to you the 6gospel of Godamidmuchb7opposition.
For our 8exhortation does not come from 9erroror10impurityorcby way of 11deceit;
412but just as we have been approved by God to be 13entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, 14not as pleasingmen, but God who d15examines our hearts.
For we nevercameewith flatteringspeech, as you know, nor with 16a pretext for greed -17God is witness -
6nor did we 18seekglory from men, either from you or from others, even though as 19apostles of Christfwe might have gasserted our authority.
But we hproved to be i20gentlejamong you, 21as a nursing mother ktenderlycares for her ownchildren.
8Havingsofond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to 22impart to you not only the 23gospel of God but also our ownllives, because you had becomemverydear to us.
For you recall, brethren, our 24labor and hardship, how 25workingnight and dayso as not to be a 26burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the 27gospel of God.
You are witnesses, and so is 28God, 29howdevoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we nbehaved toward you obelievers;
11just as you knowhow we were 30exhorting and encouraging and p31imploringeachone of you as 32a father would his ownchildren,
12so that you would 33walk in a mannerworthy of the God who 34calls you into His ownkingdom and 35glory.
For thisreason we alsoconstantly36thankGod that when you received the 37word of Godwhich you heard from us, you accepted it 38not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, 39whichalsoperforms its work in you who believe.
For you, brethren, became40imitators of 41the churches of God in ChristJesus that are 42in Judea, for 43you alsoendured the samesufferings at the hands of your owncountrymen, 44even as they did from the Jews,
1545who bothkilled the LordJesus and 46the prophets, and qdrove us out. rThey are not pleasing to God, sbut hostile to allmen,
1647hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles48so that they may be saved; with the result that they always49fill up the measure of their sins. But 50wrath has come upon them tto the utmost.
But we, brethren, having been takenaway from you for a ushortwhile -51in vperson, not in wspirit -were all the moreeager with greatdesire52to see your face.
18xFor 53we wanted to come to you-I, Paul, y54morethanonce -and yet 55Satan56hindered us.
For who is our hopeor57joyorcrown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our LordJesus at His z58coming?
For you are 59our glory and joy.