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

 
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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.