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Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit

1 Therefore awhen we could endure [it] no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at bAthens alone, 2 and we sent aTimothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, 3 so that no one would be Idisturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that awe have been destined for this. 4 For indeed when we were with you, we [kept] telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; Iaand so it came to pass, IIas you know. 5 For this reason, awhen I could endure [it] no longer, I also bsent to Ifind out about your faith, for fear that cthe tempter might have tempted you, and dour labor would be in vain.

[1] a1Th 3:5 bAc 17:15f
[2] a2Co 1:1; Col 1:1
[3] IOr deceived aAc 9:16; 14:22
[4] ILit just as IILit and a1Th 2:14
[5] IOr to know, to ascertain aPhp 2:19; 1Th 3:1 b1Th 3:2 cMt 4:3 d2Co 6:1; Php 2:16

6 ¶ But now that aTimothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of byour faith and love, and that you always cthink kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, 7 for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; 8 for now we [really] live, if you astand firm in the Lord. 9 For awhat thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, 10 as we anight and day keep praying most earnestly that we may bsee your face, and may ccomplete what is lacking in your faith?

[6] aAc 18:5 b1Th 1:3 c1Co 11:2
[8] a1Co 16:13
[9] a1Th 1:2
[10] a2Ti 1:3 b1Th 2:17 c2Co 13:9

11aNow may bour God and Father cHimself and Jesus our Lord ddirect our way to you; 12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and aabound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also [do] for you; 13 so that He may aestablish your hearts bwithout blame in holiness before cour God and Father at the Idcoming of our Lord Jesus ewith all His IIsaints.

[11] a2Th 2:16 bGa 1:4; 1Th 3:13 c1Th 4:16; 5:23; 2Th 2:16; 3:16; Rv 21:3 d2Th 3:5
[12] aPhp 1:9; 1Th 4:1, 10; 2Th 1:3
[13] IOr presence IIOr holy ones a1Co 1:8; 1Th 3:2 bLk 1:6 cGa 1:4; 1Th 3:11 d1Th 2:19 eMt 25:31; Mk 8:38; 1Th 4:17; 2Th 1:7


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Paul testifieth his great love to the Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy unto them to strengthen and comfort them: partly by rejoicing in their well doing:

1 ¶ Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. 6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also [to see] you: 7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: 8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

[1] Jr 20:9; 44:22; Ac 17:15; 2Co 2:13; 11:29; 1Th 2:17; 3:5.
[2] Ac 14:22; 16:1, 5; 17:14; 18:5; Ro 16:21; 1Co 4:17; 16:10, 12; 2Co 1:19; 2:13; 8:23; Ep 6:21, 22; Php 1:25; 2:19; Col 1:7; 4:9, 12; 1Th 3:13.
[3] Ps 112:6; Mt 10:16; 24:9; Lk 21:12; Jn 15:19; 16:2, 33; Ac 2:25; 9:16; 14:22; 20:23, 24; 21:11, 13; Ro 5:3; 8:35; 1Co 4:9; 15:58; Ep 3:13; Php 1:28; Col 1:23; 1Th 5:9; 2Th 1:4; 2Ti 1:8; 3:11; 1P 2:21; 4:12; Rv 2:10, 13.
[4] Jn 16:1; Ac 17:1, 5, 13; 20:24; 2Co 8:1; 1Th 2:2, 14; 2Th 1:4.
[5] Is 49:4; Mt 4:3; Ac 15:36; 1Co 7:5; 2Co 2:11; 7:5; 11:2, 13; Ga 1:6; 2:2; 4:11; Ep 4:14; Php 2:16; 1Th 2:1; 3:1, 2, 6; Jm 1:13.
[6] Pv 25:25; Is 52:7; Ac 18:1, 5; 1Co 11:2; 13:13; 2Co 7:5; Ga 5:6; Php 1:8; Col 1:4; 4:18; 1Th 1:3; 2:9, 17; 3:9; 2Th 1:3; 1Ti 1:5; 2Ti 1:3; Phm 1:5; He 13:3, 7; 1Jn 3:23.
[7] Ac 17:4; 1Co 4:9; 2Co 1:4; 7:6, 13; 11:23; 1Th 3:8; 2Ti 3:10; 2Jn 1:4.
[8] 1S 25:6; Ps 30:5; Jn 8:31; 15:4, 7; Ac 11:23; 1Co 15:58; 16:13; Ga 5:1; Ep 3:17; 4:15; 6:13; Php 1:21, 27; 4:1; Col 1:23; He 3:14; 4:14; 10:23; 1P 5:10; 2P 3:17; Rv 3:3, 11.
[9] Dt 12:2, 18; 16:11; 2S 6:21; 7:18; Ne 9:5; Ps 68:3; 71:14; 96:12; 98:8; 2Co 2:14; 9:15; 1Th 1:2; 2:19; 3:7.

and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them.

10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you: 13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

[10] Lk 2:37; Ac 26:7; Ro 1:10, 11; 15:30; 2Co 1:15, 24; 13:9, 11; Php 1:25; Col 1:28; 4:12; 1Th 2:17; 3:11; 2Th 1:11; 2Ti 1:3; Phm 1:22; Rv 4:8; 7:15.
[11] Ezr 8:21; Pv 3:5; Is 63:16; Jr 31:9; Mal 1:6; Mt 6:4, 6, 8, 14, 18, 26, 32; Mk 1:3; Lk 12:30, 32; Jn 20:17; Ro 1:3; 2Co 6:18; Col 1:2; 1Th 3:13; 2Th 2:16; 1Jn 3:1.
[12] Ps 115:4; Mt 7:12; 22:39; Lk 17:5; Ro 13:8; 1Co 13:1; 2Co 9:10; Ga 5:6, 13, 22; Php 1:9; 1Th 2:8; 4:9, 10; 5:15; 2Th 1:3; Jm 1:17; 2P 1:7; 3:18; 1Jn 3:11; 4:7.
[13] Dt 33:2; Zc 14:5; Ro 14:4; 16:25; 1Co 1:7, 8; 15:23; Ep 5:27; Php 1:10; Col 1:22; 1Th 2:19; 3:11; 4:15; 5:23; 2Th 1:10; 2:1, 16; 1P 5:10; 1Jn 3:20; Jde 1:14, 24.


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