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1 Thessalonians 3 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So when we couldn't stand it any longer, we thought it was a good idea to stay on in Athens by ourselves, 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 and we sent you Timothy, who is our brother and God's coworker in the good news about Christ. We sent him to strengthen and encourage you in your faithfulness. 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 We didn't want any of you to be shaken by these problems. You know very well that we were meant to go through this. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 In fact, when we were with you, we kept on predicting that we were going to face problems exactly like what happened, as you know. 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 That's why I sent Timothy to find out about your faithfulness when I couldn't stand it anymore. I was worried that the tempter might have tempted you so that our work would have been a waste of time. 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 Now Timothy has returned to us from you and has given us good news about your faithfulness and love! He says that you always have good memories about us and that you want to see us as much as we want 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 Because of this, brothers and sisters, we were encouraged in all our distress and trouble through your faithfulness. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 For now we are alive if you are standing your ground in the Lord. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 How can we thank God enough for you, given all the joy we have 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, we pray more than ever to see all of you in person and to complete whatever you still need for your faith. 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 guide us on our way back to you. 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.
12 May the Lord cause you to increase and enrich your love for each other and for everyone in the same way as we also love 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 May the love cause your hearts to be strengthened, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his people. Amen. 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.