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1 Thessalonians 2:8-18 (New American Standard)

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8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to 1impart to you not only the 2gospel of God but also our own alives, because you had become bvery dear to us. 9 For you recall, brethren, our 3labor and hardship, how 4working night and day so as not to be a 5burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the 6gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is 7God, 8how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we cbehaved toward you dbelievers; 11 just as you know how we were 9exhorting and encouraging and e10imploring each one of you as 11a father would his own children, 12 so that you would 12walk in a manner worthy of the God who 13calls you into His own kingdom and 14glory. 13 For this reason we also constantly 15thank God that when you received the 16word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it 17not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, 18which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became 19imitators of 20the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are 21in Judea, for 22you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, 23even as they did from the Jews, 15 24who both killed the Lord Jesus and 25the prophets, and fdrove us out. gThey are not pleasing to God, hbut hostile to all men, 16 26hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles 27so that they may be saved; with the result that they always 28fill up the measure of their sins. But 29wrath has come upon them ito the utmost. 17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a jshort while -30in kperson, not in lspirit -were all the more eager with great desire 31to see your face. 18 mFor 32we wanted to come to you-I, Paul, n33more than once -and yet 34Satan 35hindered us.
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