1 Thessalonians 2 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not a failure. 1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.
2 You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, even though we were surrounded by many who opposed us. 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 So you can see that we were not preaching with any deceit or impure purposes or trickery. 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.
4 For we speak as messengers who have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He is the one who examines the motives of 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 Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you very well know. And God is our witness that we were not just pretending to be your friends so you would give us money! 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.
6 As for praise, we have never asked for it from you or anyone else. 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 As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but we were as gentle among you as a mother feeding and caring for her own children. 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8 We loved you so much that we gave you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too. 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 Don't you remember, dear brothers and sisters, how hard we worked among you? Night and day we toiled to earn a living so that our expenses would not be a burden to anyone there as we preached God's Good News among you. 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 yourselves are our witnesses -- and so is God -- that we were pure and honest and faultless toward all of you believers. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you into his Kingdom to share his glory. 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 And we will never stop thanking God that when we preached his message to you, you didn't think of the words we spoke as being just our own. You accepted what we said as the very word of God -- which, of course, it was. And this word continues to 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 And then, dear brothers and sisters, you suffered persecution from your own countrymen. In this way, you imitated the believers in God's churches in Judea who, because of their belief in Christ Jesus, suffered from their own people, 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 For some of the Jews had killed their own prophets, and some even killed the Lord Jesus. Now they have persecuted us and driven us out. They displease God and oppose everyone 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
16 by trying to keep us from preaching the Good News to the Gentiles, for fear some might be saved. By doing this, they continue to pile up their sins. But the anger of God has caught up with them at last. 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 Dear brothers and sisters, after we were separated from you for a little while (though our hearts never left you), we tried very hard to come back because of our intense longing to see you again. 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 We wanted very much to come, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us. 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan stopped us.
19 After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what is our proud reward and crown? It is you! Yes, you will bring us much joy as we stand together before our Lord Jesus when he comes back again. 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 pride and joy. 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.