urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God's word, which is also at work in you believers.
For you, brothers and sisters, a became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you suffered the same things from your own compatriots as they did from the Jews,
who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, b and drove us out; they displease God and oppose everyone
by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they have constantly been filling up the measure of their sins; but God's wrath has overtaken them at last. c17
As for us, brothers and sisters, d when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you—in person, not in heart—we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face.
For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and again—but Satan blocked our way.
For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?
Yes, you are our glory and joy!
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