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 Wherfore sence we could no longer forbeare, it pleased vs to remayne at Athens alone, 1 Thessalonians 3:2 & sente Timotheus our brother and minister of God, and our laboure felowe in the Gospel of Christe, to stablishe you and to comforte you ouer youre fayth, 1 Thessalonians 3:3 that no man should be moued in these afflicons. For ye your selues knowe þt we are euen appointed there vnto. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 For verelye when I was wyth you, I tolde you before that we shoulde suffer tribulacion, euen as it came to passe, and as ye know. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause when I coulde no longer forbeare, I sente, þt I might haue knowledge of your fayth, least haplye the tempter had tempted you, and that oure labour had bene bestowed in vayne. 1 Thessalonians 3:6 But nowe lately when Timotheus came from you vnto vs, and declared to vs youre fayth & your loue, & howe that ye haue good remembraunce of vs alwayes, desyring to se vs as we desyre to se you. 1 Thessalonians 3:7 Therfore brethren we had consolacion in you and in all our aduersyte and necessitie, thorow your fayth. 1 Thessalonians 3:8 For nowe are we alyue, yf ye stande stedfast in þe Lorde. 1 Thessalonians 3:9 For what thankes can we recompence to God again for you, ouer al the ioy that we ioy for your sakes before oure God
and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them.
1 Thessalonians 3:10 whyl we nighte and daye praye excedinglye that we mighte se you presently, and might fulfill that which is lackynge in youre fayth. 1 Thessalonians 3:11 God him selfe our father, and our Lord Iesus Christ guide oure iorney to you: 1 Thessalonians 3:12 and the Lorde increase you and make you flow ouer in loue one towarde another and toward all men euen as we do toward you, 1 Thessalonians 3:13 to make your hertes stable & vnblameable in holynesse before God oure father, at the comminge of our Lorde Iesus wyth al hys sainctes.