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 knowe brethren of oure entraunce in vnto you, how þt it was not in vaine: 1 Thessalonians 2:2 but euen after that we had suffred before, and were shamefullye entreated at Philippos (as ye wel know) then were we bolde in our God to speake vnto you the Gospel of God wyth muche stryuynge. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 Oure exhortacyon was not to bringe you to erroure, nor yet to vnclennes, neyther was it wyth gile, 1 Thessalonians 2:4 but as we were allowed of God, that the Gospel shoulde be committed vnto vs, euen so we spake, not as though we entended to please men, but God whyche tryeth oure hertes. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Neither was our conuersacyon at anye tyme wyth flatterynge wordes, as ye well knowe neyther in cloked couetousnes, god is record: 1 Thessalonians 2:6 neyther sought we prayse of men neyther of you, nor yet of anye other, when we mighte haue bene chargeable, as the Apostles of Christe, 1 Thessalonians 2:7 but we were tender amonge you, euen as a noursse cheryshed his children, 1 Thessalonians 2:8 so was our affeccion toward you, oure good wil was to haue dealte to you, not the Gospel of God onely, but also our owne soules because ye were deare to vs. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Ye remember brethren our labour and trauayle. For we laboured day and night, because we would not be greuous vnto any of you, and preached vnto you the Gospel of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye are wytnesses, and so is God, howe holily and iustlye and vnblameably we behaued our selues among you that beleue 1 Thessalonians 2:11 as ye know howe that we exhorted and comforted, and besoughte euerye one of you, as a father hys chyldren, 1 Thessalonians 2:12 that ye woulde walke worthye of God, whiche hath called you vnto his kingdome & glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 For thys cause thanke we God wythout ceasyng, because that when ye receiued of vs the word, wher with God was preached, ye receiued it not as the worde of man: but euen as it was in dede, the worde of God: whiche worketh in you that beleue. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 For ye brethren became folowers of the congregacions of God, which in Iewrye are in Christ Iesu, for ye haue suffred lyke thinges of your kinsmen, as we our selues haue suffred of the Iewes. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Which as they kylled the Lorde Iesus and theyr owne prophetes, euen so haue they persecuted vs, and God they please not, and are contrarye to all men, 1 Thessalonians 2:16 and forbid vs to preache vnto the Gentyls, that they might be saued to fulfyll theyr synnes alwaye. For the wrathe of God is come on them, euen to the vtmost. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 For as muche brethren as we are kepte from you for a season as concernynge the bodely presence, but not in the herte we enforsed the more to se you personallye wyth greate 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 woulde haue come vnto you I Paule ones and agayne: but Sathan withstode vs. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is oure hope or ioye, or crowne of reioysynge: are not ye it in the presence of our Lord Iesus Christ at hys coming? 1 Thessalonians 2:20 yes ye are our glory and ioye.