1 Thessalonians 2 NRS/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain, 1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.
2 but though we had already suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi, as you know, we had courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in spite of great opposition. 2 We had previously suffered and been insulted in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.
3 For our appeal does not spring from deceit or impure motives or trickery, 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.
4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the message of the gospel, even so we speak, not to please mortals, but to please God who tests our hearts. 4 On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.
5 As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed; 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.
6 nor did we seek praise from mortals, whether from you or from others, 6 We were not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you,
7 though we might have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children. 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.
8 So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us. 8 We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.
9 You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 9 Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
10 You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory. 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God's word, which is also at work in you believers. 13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you suffered the same things from your own compatriots as they did from the Jews, 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,
15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out; they displease God and oppose everyone 15 who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they have constantly been filling up the measure of their sins; but God's wrath has overtaken them at last. 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.
17 As for us, brothers and sisters, when, for a short time, we were made orphans by being separated from you—in person, not in heart—we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face. 17 But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.
18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan stopped us.
19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
20 Yes, you are our glory and joy! 20 Indeed, you are our glory and joy.