1 Thessalonians 3
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 Thessalonians 3:1 Wherefore since we coulde no longer forbeare, wee thought it good to remaine at Athens alone, 1 Thessalonians 3:2 And haue sent Timotheus our brother and minister of God, and our labour felow in the Gospel of Christ, to stablish you, and to comfort you touching your faith, 1 Thessalonians 3:3 That no man should be moued with these afflictions: for ye your selues knowe, that we are appointed thereunto. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 For verily when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulations, euen as it came to passe, and ye knowe it. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 Euen for this cause, when I could no longer forbeare, I sent him that I might knowe of your faith, lest the tempter had tempted you in any sort, and that our labour had bene in vaine. 1 Thessalonians 3:6 But now lately when Timotheus came fro you vnto vs, and brought vs good tidings of your faith and loue, & that ye haue good remembrance of vs alwayes, desiring to see vs, as we also do you, 1 Thessalonians 3:7 Therefore, brethren, we had consolation in you, in all our affliction and necessitie through your faith. 1 Thessalonians 3:8 For nowe are wee aliue, if ye stand fast in the Lorde. 1 Thessalonians 3:9 For what thankes can wee recompense to God againe for you, for all the ioy wherewith we reioyce for your sakes before our God,
and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day, praying exceedingly that wee might see your face, and might accomplish that which is lacking in your faith? 1 Thessalonians 3:11 Nowe God himselfe, euen our Father, and our Lord Iesus Christ, guide our iourney vnto you, 1 Thessalonians 3:12 And the Lord increase you, and make you abound in loue one toward another, and towarde all men, euen as we doe toward you: 1 Thessalonians 3:13 To make your hearts stable & vnblameable in holines before God euen our Father, at the comming of our Lord Iesus Christ with all his Saints.