1 Thessalonians 3 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
  Search
Bible in Basic English (BBE) New International Version (NIV)
1 At last our desire to have news of you was so strong that, while we ourselves were waiting at Athens, 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 We sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the good news of Christ, to give you strength and comfort in your faith; 2 We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,
3 So that no man might be moved by these troubles; because you see that these things are part of God's purpose for us. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 And when we were with you, we said to you that trouble was before us; and so it came about, as you see. 4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.
5 For this reason, when I was no longer able to keep quiet, I sent to get news of your faith, fearing that you might be tested by the Evil One and that our work might come to nothing. 5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has given us good news of your faith and love, and that you have happy memories of us, desiring greatly to see us, even as we do to see you; 6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you and has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have pleasant memories of us and that you long to see us, just as we also long to see you.
7 For this cause, brothers, in all our trouble and grief we were comforted about you because of your faith; 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 For it is life to us if you keep your faith in the Lord unchanged. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 For how great is the praise which we give to God for you, and how great the joy with which we are glad because of you before our God; 9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?
10 Night and day requesting God again and again that we may see your face and make your faith complete. 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus make a way for us to come to you; 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.
12 And the Lord give you increase of love in fullest measure to one another and to all men, even as our love to you; 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.
13 So that your hearts may be strong and free from all sin before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.