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1 Thessalonians 2:14-20 (New American Standard)

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14 For you, brethren, became 1imitators of 2the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are 3in Judea, for 4you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, 5even as they did from the Jews, 15 6who both killed the Lord Jesus and 7the prophets, and adrove us out. bThey are not pleasing to God, cbut hostile to all men, 16 8hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles 9so that they may be saved; with the result that they always 10fill up the measure of their sins. But 11wrath has come upon them dto the utmost. 17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a eshort while -12in fperson, not in gspirit -were all the more eager with great desire 13to see your face. 18 hFor 14we wanted to come to you-I, Paul, i15more than once -and yet 16Satan 17hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or 18joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His j19coming? 20 For you are 20our glory and joy.
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