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1 Thessalonians 3 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Finally, we could not bear it any longer. So we decided to stay on alone in Athens 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 while we sent Timothy, our brother who works with us for God in preaching the Good News about Christ. We sent him to strengthen you and help 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 none of you should turn back because of these persecutions. You yourselves know that such persecutions are part of God's will for us. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 For while we were still with you, we told you ahead of time that we were going to be persecuted; and as you well know, that is exactly what happened. 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 is why I had to send Timothy. I could not bear it any longer, so I sent him to find out about your faith. Surely it could not be that the Devil had tempted you and all our work had been for 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 Now Timothy has come back, and he has brought us the welcome news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always think well of us and that you want to see us just 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 So, in all our trouble and suffering we have been encouraged about you, friends. It was your faith that encouraged us, 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 because now we really live if you stand firm in your life in union with the Lord. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 Now we can give thanks to our God for you. We thank him for the joy we have in his presence because of you. 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 Day and night we ask him with all our heart to let us see you personally and supply what is needed in 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 May our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus prepare the 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 May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow more and more and become as great as our love for 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 In this way he will strengthen you, and you will be perfect and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all who belong to him. 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.