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Paul’s Ministry

1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our Iacoming to you bwas not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been amistreated in bPhilippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God cto speak to you the dgospel of God amid much Ieopposition. 3 For our aexhortation does not [come] from berror or cimpurity or Iby way of ddeceit; 4 abut just as we have been approved by God to be bentrusted with the gospel, so we speak, cnot as pleasing men, but God who Idexamines our hearts. 5 For we never came Iwith flattering speech, as you know, nor with aa pretext for greedbGod is witness6 nor did we aseek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as bapostles of Christ Iwe might have IIasserted our authority. 7 But we Iproved to be IIagentle IIIamong you, bas a nursing [mother] IVtenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to aimpart to you not only the bgospel of God but also our own Ilives, because you had become IIvery dear to us.

[1] ILit entrance a1Th 1:9 b2Th 1:10
[2] IOr struggle, conflict aAc 14:5; 16:19-24; Php 1:30 bAc 16:22-24 cAc 17:1-9 dRo 1:1 ePhp 1:30
[3] ILit in deceit aAc 13:15 b2Th 2:11 c1Th 4:7 d2Co 4:2
[4] IOr approves a2Co 2:17 bGa 2:7 cGa 1:10 dRo 8:27
[5] ILit in a word of flattery aAc 20:33; 2P 2:3 bRo 1:9; 1Th 2:10
[6] ILit being able to IIOr be burdensome aJn 5:41, 44; 2Co 4:5 b1Co 9:1f
[7] IOr became gentle IIThree early mss read babes IIILit in the midst of you IVOr cherishes a2Ti 2:24 bGa 4:19; 1Th 2:11
[8] IOr souls IILit beloved a2Co 12:15; 1 Jn 3:16 bRo 1:1

9 ¶ For you recall, brethren, our alabor and hardship, [how] bworking night and day so as not to be a cburden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the dgospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and [so is] aGod, bhow devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we Ibehaved toward you IIbelievers; 11 just as you know how we [were] aexhorting and encouraging and Ibimploring each one of you as ca father [would] his own children, 12 so that you would awalk in a manner worthy of the God who bcalls you into His own kingdom and cglory.

[9] aPhp 4:16; 2Th 3:8 bAc 18:3 c1Co 9:4f; 2Co 11:9 dRo 1:1
[10] ILit became IIOr who believe a1Th 2:5 b2Co 1:12; 1Th 1:5
[11] IOr testifying to a1Th 5:14 bLk 16:28; 1Th 4:6 c1Co 4:14; 1Th 2:7
[12] aEp 4:1 bRo 8:28; 1Th 5:24; 2Th 2:14 c2Co 4:6; 1P 5:10

13 ¶ For this reason we also constantly athank God that when you received the bword of God which you heard from us, you accepted [it] cnot [as] the word of men, but [for] what it really is, the word of God, dwhich also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became aimitators of bthe churches of God in Christ Jesus that are cin Judea, for dyou also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, eeven as they [did] from the Jews, 15 awho both killed the Lord Jesus and bthe prophets, and Idrove us out. IIThey are not pleasing to God, IIbut hostile to all men, 16 ahindering us from speaking to the Gentiles bso that they may be saved; with the result that they always cfill up the measure of their sins. But dwrath has come upon them Ito the utmost.

[13] aRo 1:8; 1Th 1:2 bRo 10:17; He 4:2 cMt 10:20; Ga 4:14 dHe 4:12
[14] a1Th 1:6 b1Co 7:17; 10:32 cGa 1:22 dAc 17:5; 1Th 3:4; 2Th 1:4f eHe 10:33f
[15] IOr persecuted us IILit and aLk 24:20; Ac 2:23 bMt 5:12; Ac 7:52
[16] IOr forever or altogether; lit to the end aAc 9:23; 13:45, 50; 14:2, 5, 19; 17:5, 13; 18:12; 21:21f, 27; 25:2, 7 b1Co 10:33 cGn 15:16; Dn 8:23; Mt 23:32 d1Th 1:10

17 ¶ But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a Ishort whileain IIperson, not in IIIspirit—were all the more eager with great desire bto see your face. 18 IFor awe wanted to come to you—I, Paul, IIbmore than once—and [yet] cSatan dhindered us. 19 For who is our hope or ajoy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His Ibcoming? 20 For you are aour glory and joy.

[17] ILit occasion of an hour IILit face IIILit heart a1Co 5:3 b1Th 3:10
[18] IOr Because IILit both once and twice aRo 15:22 bPhp 4:16 cMt 4:10 dRo 1:13; 15:22
[19] IOr presence aPhp 4:1 bMt 16:27; Mk 8:38; Jn 21:22; 1Th 3:13; 4:15; 5:23
[20] a2Co 1:14


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In what manner the Gospel was brought and preached to the Thessalonians, and in what sort also they received it.

1 ¶ For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3 For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness: 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor [yet] of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye [are] witnesses, and God [also], how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father [doth] his children, 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they [have] of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost. 17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

[1] Jb 39:16; Ps 73:13; 127:1; Is 49:4; 65:23; Hab 2:13; 1Co 15:2, 10, 58; 2Co 6:1; Ga 2:2; 4:11; Php 2:16; 1Th 1:3; 2:13; 3:5; 2Th 3:1.
[2] Ac 4:13, 20, 31; 5:41; 6:9; 14:3; 15:1; 16:12, 22, 37; 17:2, 17; 19:8; Ep 6:19; Php 1:27; Col 2:1; 1Th 1:5; 2Ti 1:12; He 11:36; 12:2; 1P 2:14; Jde 1:3.
[3] Nu 16:15; 1S 12:3; Ac 20:33; 2Co 2:17; 4:2, 5; 7:2; 11:13; 12:16; 1Th 2:5, 11; 4:1; 2P 1:16.
[4] Nu 27:16; 1K 8:39; 1Ch 29:17; Ps 7:9; 17:3; 44:21; 139:1; Pv 17:3; Jr 17:10; 32:19; Lk 12:42; 16:11; Jn 2:24; 21:17; Ro 8:27; 1Co 2:4; 4:1; 7:25; 9:17; 2Co 4:2; 5:11, 16; Ga 1:10; 2:7; Ep 3:8; 6:6; Col 3:22; 1Ti 1:11; 6:20; 2Ti 1:14; 2:2; Tit 1:3; He 4:13; Rv 2:23.
[5] Jb 17:5; 32:21; Ps 12:2; Pv 20:19; 26:28; 28:23; Is 30:10; 56:11; Jr 6:13; 8:10; Mi 3:5; Mal 1:10; Mt 22:16; 23:14; Ac 20:33; Ro 1:9; 9:1; 16:18; 2Co 2:17; 4:2; 7:2; 12:17; Ga 1:20; 1Ti 3:3, 8; Tit 1:7; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3, 14, 18; Jde 1:11; Rv 18:12.
[6] Es 1:4; 5:11; Pv 25:27; Dn 4:30; Jn 5:41, 44; 7:18; 12:43; 1Co 9:1, 4, 6, 12; 11:9; 12:13; 2Co 10:1, 10; 13:10; Ga 1:10; 5:26; 6:13; 1Th 2:9; 3:8; 1Ti 5:17; Phm 1:8.
[7] Gn 33:13; Nu 11:12; Is 40:11; 49:23; 66:13; Ezk 34:14; Mt 11:29; Jn 21:15; Ac 13:18; 1Co 2:3; 9:22; 2Co 10:1; 13:4; Ga 5:22; 1Th 2:11; 2Ti 2:24; Jm 3:17.
[8] Jr 13:15; Lk 7:2; Ac 20:23; Ro 1:11; 9:1; 10:1; 15:29; 2Co 6:1, 11; 12:15; Ga 4:19; Php 1:8; 2:17, 20, 25; 4:1; Col 1:7, 28; 4:12; Phm 1:1; He 13:17; 1Jn 3:16.
[9] Ne 5:15, 18; Ps 32:4; 88:1; Jr 9:1; Lk 2:37; 18:7; Ac 18:3; 20:24, 31, 34; Ro 1:1; 15:16, 19; 1Co 4:12; 9:6, 7, 15, 18; 2Co 6:5; 11:9; 12:13; 1Th 1:3; 2:2, 6; 3:10; 2Th 3:7; 1Ti 1:11; 4:10; 5:5; 2Ti 1:3.
[10] Nu 16:15; 1S 12:3; Jb 29:11; 31:1; Ps 7:3; 18:20; Jr 18:20; Ac 20:18, 26, 33; 24:16; 2Co 1:12; 4:2; 5:11; 6:3; 7:2; 11:11, 31; 1Th 1:5; 2Th 3:7; 1Ti 4:12; 2Ti 3:10; Tit 2:7; 1P 5:3.
[11] Gn 50:16; Nu 27:19; Dt 3:28; 31:14; 1Ch 22:11; 28:9, 20; Ps 34:11; Pv 1:10, 15; 2:1; 3:1; 4:1; 5:1; 6:1; 7:1, 24; 31:1; Ac 20:2; 1Co 4:14; Ep 4:17; 1Th 4:1; 5:11; 2Th 3:12; 1Ti 5:7, 21; 6:2, 13, 17; 2Ti 4:1, 2; Tit 2:6, 9, 15; He 13:22.
[12] Ro 8:30; 9:23; 1Co 1:9; Ga 5:16; Ep 4:1; 5:2, 8; Php 1:27; Col 1:10; 2:6; 1Th 4:1, 12; 5:24; 2Th 1:11; 2:13; 2Ti 1:9; 1P 1:15; 2:9; 3:9; 5:10; 1Jn 1:6; 2:6.
[13] Jr 23:28; 44:16; Mt 10:13, 40; Lk 5:1; 8:11, 21; 11:28; Jn 15:3; 17:17, 19; Ac 2:41; 8:14; 10:33; 13:44, 45, 46, 48; 16:14, 30; 17:11, 18, 32; Ro 1:8; 6:17; 10:17; 2Co 3:18; Ga 4:14; Col 1:6; 1Th 1:2, 5; He 4:12; Jm 1:18; 1P 1:23, 25; 2:2; 2P 1:16; 3:2; 1Jn 3:3; 5:4.
[14] Ac 8:1, 3; 9:1, 13, 31; 11:19; 12:1; 17:1, 13; 2Co 8:1; Ga 1:22; 1Th 1:1, 6; 3:4; 2Th 1:1; He 5:7; 10:33.
[15] Es 3:8; Am 7:12; Mt 5:12; 21:35; 23:31, 37; 27:25; Lk 11:48, 52; 13:33; Ac 2:23; 3:15; 4:10; 5:30; 7:52; 12:3; 22:18; 1Co 10:5.
[16] Gn 15:16; Is 45:22; Jol 2:30; Zc 5:6; Mal 4:1, 5; Mt 3:7, 12; 12:45; 21:41; 22:6; 23:32; 24:6, 14, 21; Mk 16:16; Lk 11:50; 19:42; 21:20; Ac 4:12; 11:2, 17; 13:50; 14:5, 19; 17:5, 13; 18:12; 19:9; 21:27; 22:21; Ro 10:13; Ga 5:11; Ep 3:8, 13; 2Th 2:10; 1Ti 2:4; He 6:8; 10:27; Jm 5:1; Rv 22:11.
[17] Gn 31:30; 45:28; 48:11; 2S 13:39; 2K 5:26; Ps 63:1; Lk 22:15; Ac 17:10; Ro 1:13; 15:23; 1Co 5:3; Php 1:22; Col 2:5; 1Th 3:6, 10.

A reason is rendered both why Paul was so long absent from them, and also why he was so desirous to see them.

18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19 For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.

[18] Jb 33:14; Zc 3:1; Ro 1:13; 15:22; 1Co 16:21; 2Co 11:12; Php 4:16; Col 4:18; 2Th 3:17; Phm 1:9; Rv 2:10; 12:9.
[19] Pv 4:9; 12:4; 16:13; 17:6; Is 62:3; Ro 15:16; 1Co 4:5; 15:23; 2Co 1:14; Php 2:16; 4:1; 1Th 2:20; 3:13; 5:23; 2Th 1:7; 2:1; 1Ti 6:14; 2Ti 4:1; Tit 2:13; 1P 5:4; 1Jn 2:28; Jde 1:24; Rv 1:7; 4:10; 22:12.
[20] Pv 17:6; 1Co 11:7.


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