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 youre selues (brethren) knowe of oure entraunce in vnto you, how that it was not in vayne: 1 Thessalonians 2:2 but euen after that we had suffred before, and were shamfully entreated at Phillipos (as ye knowe) then were we bolde in oure God, to speake vnto you the Gospell of God, in moch stryuynge. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 For oure exhortacyon was not to brynge you to erroure, nor yet to vnclennes, nether was it wyth gyle: 1 Thessalonians 2:4 but as we were alowed of God, that the Gospell sholde be commytted vnto vs: euen so we speake, not as they that please men, but God, whych tryeth oure hertes. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Nether led we oure conuersacyon at eny tyme with flatterynge wordes, as ye knowe: nether by occasyon of coueteousnes. God is recorde: 1 Thessalonians 2:6 nether sought we prayse of men nether of you, nor yet of eny other, when we myght haue bene in auctorite, as þe Apostles of Christ, 1 Thessalonians 2:7 but we were tender amonge you, euen as a norsse cheryssheth her chyldren, 1 Thessalonians 2:8 so were we affeccyoned towarde you: our good wyll was to haue dealte vnto you, not the Gospell of God onely: but also oure awne soules, because ye were deare vnto vs. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Ye remember brethren oure laboure, and trauayle. For we laboured daye & nyght because we wolde not be chargeable vnto eny of you, and preached vnto you the Gospell of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye are witnesses, and so is God how holyly & iustly & vnblameably we behaued oure selues amonge you that beleued, 1 Thessalonians 2:11 as ye knowe, how that we bare soch affeccyon vnto euery one of you, as a father doth vnto chyldren, exhortynge, confortyng, and besechyng you, 1 Thessalonians 2:12 that ye wolde walke worthy of God, whych hath called you vnto his kyngdome and glorye. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause thanke we God also without ceassyng, because þt when ye receaued of vs þe worde (wherwith ye learned to know God) ye receaued it not as the worde of man: but euen as it was in dede, the worde of God, whych worketh also in you that beleue. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye brethren became folowers of the cogregacyons of God whych in Iewry are in Christ Iesu: for ye haue suffred lyke thynges of youre kynsmen, as we oure selues haue suffered of þe Iewes. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Whych as they kylled the Lorde Iesus, and theyr awne Prophetes, euen so haue they persecuted vs: and God they please not, and are contrary to al men, 1 Thessalonians 2:16 & hynder vs, that we shuld not speake vnto the Gentyls, that they myght be saued, to fulfyll their synnes alwaye. For þe wrath of God is come on them, euen to the vtmost. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 For as moch brethren as we are kept from you for a season, as concernynge the bodyly presence (but not in the herte) we enforsed þe more to se you personally with great desyre.
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 wold haue come vnto you, I Paul once and agayne: but Satan withstode vs: 1 Thessalonians 2:19 for what is oure hope of ioye or crowne of reioysing? are not ye it in the presence of our Lord Iesus Christ at his commynge? 1 Thessalonians 2:20 yes, ye are oure glory and ioye.