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1 Thessalonians 3 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided that I should stay alone in Athens, 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our co-worker for God and our brother in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to 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 and to keep you from becoming disturbed by the troubles you were going through. But, of course, you know that such troubles are going to happen to us Christians. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come -- and they did, as you well 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 That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the Tempter had gotten the best of you and that all our work had 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 Now Timothy has just returned, bringing the good news that your faith and love are as strong as ever. He reports that you remember our visit with joy 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 we have been greatly comforted, dear brothers and sisters, in all of our own crushing troubles and suffering, because you have remained strong in your faith. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 It gives us new life, knowing you remain strong in the Lord. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy in the presence of 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 earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill up anything that may still be 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 May God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus make it possible for us to come to you very soon. 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 your love grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love overflows toward 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 As a result, Christ will make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy when you stand before God our Father on that day when our Lord Jesus comes with all those 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.