For you, brethren, became1imitators of 2the churches of God in ChristJesus that are 3in Judea, for 4you alsoendured the samesufferings at the hands of your owncountrymen, 5even as they did from the Jews,
156who bothkilled the LordJesus and 7the prophets, and adrove us out. bThey are not pleasing to God, cbut hostile to allmen,
168hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles9so that they may be saved; with the result that they always10fill up the measure of their sins. But 11wrath has come upon them dto the utmost.
But we, brethren, having been takenaway from you for a eshortwhile -12in fperson, not in gspirit -were all the moreeager with greatdesire13to see your face.
18hFor 14we wanted to come to you-I, Paul, i15morethanonce -and yet 16Satan17hindered us.
For who is our hopeor18joyorcrown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our LordJesus at His j19coming?
For you are 20our glory and joy.