1 Thessalonians 3 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When we could not wait any longer, we decided it was best to stay in Athens alone 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 and send Timothy to you. Timothy, our brother, works with us for God and helps us tell people the Good News about Christ. We sent him 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 none of you would be upset by these troubles. You yourselves know that we must face these troubles. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 Even when we were with you, we told you we all would have to suffer, and you know it has 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 Because of this, when I could wait no longer, I sent Timothy to you so I could learn about your faith. I was afraid the devil had tempted you, and then our hard work would have been wasted. 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 now has come back to us from you and has brought us good news about your faith and love. He told us that you always remember us in a good way 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, brothers and sisters, while we have much trouble and suffering, we are encouraged 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 Our life is really full if you stand strong in the Lord. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 We have so much joy before our God because of you. We cannot thank him enough for all the joy we feel. 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 continue praying with all our heart that we can see you again and give you all the things you need to make your faith strong. 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 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 grow more and multiply for each other and for all people so that you will love others 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 May your hearts be made strong so that you will be holy and without fault before our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones. 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.