Encouragement of Timothy's Visit

1 Therefore 1when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at 2Athens alone,
2 and we sent 3Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,
3 so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that 4we have been destined for this.
4 For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; 5and so it came to pass, as you know.
5 For this reason, 6when I could endure it no longer, I also 7sent to find out about your faith, for fear that 8the tempter might have tempted you, and 9our labor would be in vain.