1 Thessalonians 2
In what manner the Gospel was brought and preached to the Thessalonians, and in what sort also they received it.
1 Thessalonians 2:1 For ye your selues, brethren, knowe our entraunce in vnto you, yt it was not in vayne: 1 Thessalonians 2:2 But euen after that we had suffred before, and were shamefully entreated as ye knowe, at Philippos, we were bolde in our God, to speake vnto you the Gospell of God, in much stryuyng. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, neither of vncleannes, neither in guile: 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But as it were alowed of God, to be put in credite with the Gospell: euen so we speake, not as pleasyng men, but God, which tryeth our heartes. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any tyme vsed we flatteryng wordes, as ye knowe, neither cloke of couetousnes, God [is] recorde, 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Neither sought we prayse of men, neither of you, nor yet of others: 1 Thessalonians 2:7 When we myght haue ben in auctoritie, as the Apostles of Christe, but we were tender among you, euen as a nource cherissheth her chyldren, 1 Thessalonians 2:8 So, beyng tenderly affected towarde you, our good wyll was to haue dealt vnto you, not the Gospell of God only: but also our owne soules, because ye were deare vnto vs. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 For ye remember brethren, our labour and trauayle. For we labouryng nyght & day, because we woulde not be chargeable vnto any of you, preached vnto you the Gospell of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye [are] witnesses, & God [also] howe holyly, and iustly, and vnblameably, we behaued our selues among you that beleue. 1 Thessalonians 2:11 As ye knowe, howe that as a father his chyldren, so we haue exhorted, comforted, and besought euery one of you, 1 Thessalonians 2:12 That ye woulde walke worthie of God, who hath called you vnto his kyngdome and glorie. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause thanke we God also without ceassyng, because ye receauyng the worde which ye hearde of vs concernyng God, ye receaued it not as the worde of man, (but as it is in deede) the worde of God, which effectuously worketh also in you that beleue. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye brethren became folowers of the Churches of God, which in Iurie are in Christe Iesus: for ye haue suffred lyke thynges of your countreymen, as they haue of the Iewes: 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Who both kylled the Lorde Iesus, and their owne prophetes, & haue persecuted vs: and God they please not, and are contrarie to all men: 1 Thessalonians 2:16 And hynder vs to speake to the gentiles that they myght be saued, to fulfyll their sinnes alway. For the wrath [of God] is come on them to the vtmost. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Forasmuch brethren, as we are kept from you for a short season, in person, not in heart, we enforced ye more to see you personally with great desire.
A reason is rendered both why Paul was so long absent from them, and also why he was so desirous to see them.
1 Thessalonians 2:18 And therfore we woulde haue come vnto you, (I Paul) once agayne: but Satan hyndered vs. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or ioy, or crowne of reioycyng? Are not ye it in the presence of our Lorde Iesus Christe, at his commyng? 1 Thessalonians 2:20 Yes, ye are our glorie and ioy.