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1 Thessalonians 2 NAS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you 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, as you know, we had the boldness 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 does not come from error or impurity or by way of 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, so we speak, not as pleasing men, 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 we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed -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 did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. 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 But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children. 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very 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 recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as 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 uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; 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 were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into 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 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its 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, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from 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 both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 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 so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them to the utmost. 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 we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while -in person, not in spirit -were all the 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 For we wanted to come to you-I, Paul, more than once -and yet 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 exultation? 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.