1 Thessalonians 3 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We thought it best to remain in Athens by ourselves. But, because we couldn't wait any longer [for news about you], 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 we sent our brother Timothy to you. He serves God by spreading the Good News about Christ. His mission was to strengthen and encourage you 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 these troubles don't disturb any of you. You know that we're destined to suffer persecution. 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 told you ahead of time that we were going to suffer persecution. And as you know, that's 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 But when I couldn't wait any longer, I sent [Timothy] to find out about your faith. I wanted to see whether the tempter had in some way tempted you, making our work meaningless. 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 Timothy has just now come back to us from you and has told us the good news about your faith and love. He also told us that you always have fond memories of us and want to see us, 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 brothers and sisters, your faith has encouraged us in all our distress and trouble. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 Now we can go on living as long as you keep your relationship with the Lord firm. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 We can never thank God enough for all the joy you give us as we rejoice in God's presence. 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 We pray very hard night and day that we may see you again so that we can supply 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 We pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus will guide us to you. 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.
12 We also pray that the Lord will greatly increase your love for each other and for everyone else, just as we 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 Then he will strengthen you to be holy. Then you will be blameless in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all God's holy people. 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.