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1 Thessalonians 2 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our visit to you was not in vain; 1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.
2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philip'pi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the face of great 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 appeal does not spring from error or uncleanness, nor is it made with guile; 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 to please men, but to please God who tests 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 used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as 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, whether from you or from others, though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. 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 were gentle among you, like a nurse taking care of her children. 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8 So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, 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 remember our labor and toil, brethren; we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you, while we preached 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 God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our behavior to you believers; 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 for you know how, like a father with his children, we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 to lead a life worthy of 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 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. 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 which are in Judea; for you suffered the same things from your own countrymen 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 killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose 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 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved--so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God's wrath has come upon 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 But since we were bereft of you, brethren, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to 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, again and again--but Satan hindered us. 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan stopped us.
19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 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.