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1 Thessalonians 3 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So when we couldn't stand being separated from you any longer and could find no way to visit you ourselves, we stayed in Athens 1 So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.
2 and sent Timothy to get you up and about, cheering you on so you wouldn't be discouraged by these hard times. He's a brother and companion in the faith, God's man in spreading the Message, preaching 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 Not that the troubles should come as any surprise to you. You've always known that we're in for this kind of thing. It's part of our calling. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 When we were with you, we made it quite clear that there was trouble ahead. And now that it's happened, you know what it's like. 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 why I couldn't quit worrying; I had to know for myself how you were doing in the faith. I didn't want the Tempter getting to you and tearing down everything we had built up together. 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 is back, bringing this terrific report on your faith and love, we feel a lot better. It's especially gratifying to know that you continue to think well of us, and that you want to see us 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 In the middle of our trouble and hard times here, just knowing how you're doing keeps us going. 7 Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution we were encouraged about you because of your faith.
8 Knowing that your faith is alive keeps us alive. 8 For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.
9 What would be an adequate thanksgiving to offer God for all the joy we experience before him because of you? 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 We do what we can, praying away, night and day, asking for the bonus of seeing your faces again and doing what we can to help when your faith falters. 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 our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road 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 Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us 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 May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers. 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.