1 Thessalonians 3 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left 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 sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning 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 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and 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 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain. 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 now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also 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 therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake 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 praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking 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 Christ, direct our way to you. 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.
12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to 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 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints. 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.