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1 Thessalonians 2 LEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For [you] yourselves know, brothers, our reception with you, that it was not in vain, 1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.
2 but [after we] had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, just as you know, we had the courage in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.
3 For our exhortation [is] not from error or from impurity or with deceit, 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.
4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, thus we speak, not as pleasing people but God, who examines our hearts. 4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
5 {For never} did we come with a word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext of greediness (God [is] witness), 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.
6 nor seeking glory from people, neither from you nor from others. 6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you,
7 {Although we could have insisted on our own importance} as apostles of Christ, yet we became infants in your midst, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8 Longing for you in this way, we determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls, because you had become dear to us. 8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and hardship: working by night and day in order not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 9 Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
10 You [are] witnesses, and [so is] God, how devoutly and righteously and blamelessly we became to you who believe, 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 just as you know how [we treated] each one of you, like a father his own children, 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 exhorting and consoling you and insisting that you live in a manner worthy of God, who calls you to his own kingdom and glory. 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 And because of this we also give thanks to God constantly, that [when you] received God's word {that you heard} from us, you accepted [it] not [as the] word of men, but as [it] truly is, [the] word of God, which also is at work in you who believe. 13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
14 For you became imitators, brothers, of the churches of God [which] are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because you also suffered the same [things] at the hands of your own people, just as [they] themselves [did] also at the hands of the Jews, 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,
15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and who persecuted us, and [who are] not pleasing to God and [are] opposed to all people, 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles in order that they may be saved, so that [they] always fill up their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the end. 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.
17 But [when] we were made orphans by separation from you, brothers, for {a short time} (in face, not in heart), [we were] even more eager with great desire to see your face, 17 But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.
18 because we wanted to come to you--I, Paul, {on more than one occasion}--and Satan hindered us. 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan stopped us.
19 For who [is] our hope or joy or crown of boasting? [Is it] not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming? 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
20 For you are our glory and joy. 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.