1Therefore1when we could endure it nolonger, we thought it best to be leftbehind at 2Athensalone,
and we sent3Timothy, our brother and God'sfellowworker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,
so that noone would be adisturbed by theseafflictions ; for you yourselvesknow that 4we have been destined for this.
For indeedwhen we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to sufferaffliction ; b5and so it came to pass, cas you know.
For thisreason, 6when I could endure it nolonger, I also7sent to dfind out about your faith, for fear that 8the tempter might have tempted you, and 9our labor would be in vain.
But now that 10Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us goodnews of 11your faith and love, and that you always12thinkkindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you,
for thisreason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comfortedabout you through your faith ;
for now we really live, if you 13standfirm in the Lord.
For 14whatthankscan we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoicebefore our God on your account,
as we 15night and day keep prayingmostearnestly that we may 16see your face, and may 17completewhat is lacking in your faith ?
1118Now may 19our God and Father20Himself and Jesus our Lord21direct our way to you;
and may the Lordcause you to increase and 22abound in love for oneanother, and for allpeople, just as we also do for you;
13so that He may 23establish your hearts24withoutblame in holinessbefore25our God and Father at the e26coming of our LordJesus27with all His fsaints.