1 Thessalonians 3:3-5 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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3 so that none of you should turn back because of these persecutions. You yourselves know that such persecutions are part of God's will for us. 3 so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. You know quite well that we were destined for them.
4 For while we were still with you, we told you ahead of time that we were going to be persecuted; and as you well know, that is exactly what happened. 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 I had to send Timothy. I could not bear it any longer, so I sent him to find out about your faith. Surely it could not be that the Devil had tempted you and all our work had been for nothing! 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.