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1 Thessalonians 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We couldn't wait any longer. So we thought it was best to be left by ourselves in Athens. 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 give you strength and hope in your faith. He works together with God in spreading the good news about Christ. 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 sent him so that no one would be upset by times of testing. You know very well that we have to go through them. 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 telling you that our enemies would make us suffer. As you know very well, it has turned out that way. 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 the reason I sent someone to find out about your faith. I couldn't wait any longer. I was afraid that Satan might have tempted you in some way. Then our efforts would have been useless. 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 come to us from you just now. He has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have happy memories of us. He has also said that you long to see us, just as we long 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 Brothers and sisters, in all our trouble and suffering your faith cheered us up. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 Now we really live, because you are standing firm 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 because of all the joy that comes only from 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 very hard that we will see you again. We want to give you what is missing 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 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus open up 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 May the Lord make your love grow. May it be like a rising flood. May your love for one another increase. May it also increase for everyone else. May it be just like 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 May the Lord give you strength in your hearts. Then you will be holy and without blame in the sight of our God and Father. May that be true 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.