1 Thessalonians 3:1-2 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,