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, yourselves, know, brethren, our entrance which was unto youthat it hath not proved void; 1 Thessalonians 2:2 But, though we had previously suffered, and been insulted, even as ye know, in Philippi, we waxed bold in our God to speak unto you the glad-message of God with much conflict. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 For, our exhortation, is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile, 1 Thessalonians 2:4 But, even as we have been approved by God, to be entrusted with the glad-message, so, we speak,not as, unto men, giving pleasure, but unto Godwho proveth our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither at any time were we found, using words of flattery,even as ye know, nor a pretext for greedGod, is witness! 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Nor, of men, seeking gloryeither from you, or from others, though we could have assumed, dignity, as Apostles of Christ; 1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we became gentle in your midst,as though, a nursing mother, had been cherishing her own children: 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Thus, yearning after you, we could have been well-pleased to impart unto younot only the glad-message of God, but, our own lives also,because, very dear to us, had ye become. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our toil and hardship: night and day, working, so as not to be a burden unto any of you, we proclaimed unto you the glad-message of God, 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Ye, are witnessesGod also, how kindly and righteously and blamelessly, unto you who were believing, we were found to behave; 1 Thessalonians 2:11 Even as ye know how, unto each one of you, we were as a father unto his own children, consoling you, and soothing, and calling to witness, 1 Thessalonians 2:12 To the end ye might be walking in a manner worthy of God, who is calling you unto his own kingdom and glory, 1 Thessalonians 2:13 And, for this cause, we, are also giving thanks unto God unceasingly, that, when ye received a spoken word from uswhich was God's, ye welcomed itnot as a human word, but, even as it truly is, a divine word,which is also inwardly working itself in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 For, ye, became, imitators, brethren, of the assemblies of God which are in Judaea, in Christ Jesus, in that, the same things, ye, also suffered by your own fellow-countrymen, even as, they, also by the Jews: 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Who have both slain the, Lord, Jesusand the prophets, and, us, have persecuted, and, unto God, are displeasing, and, unto all men, are contrary, 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Hindering us from speaking, unto the nations, that they might be saved, to the filling up of their own sins, continually; but anger hath overtaken them at length. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Now, we, brethren, having been bereaved away from you, for the season of an hour,in presence, not in heart, gave more abundant diligence, your face, to behold, with much longing;
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 Wherefore, we desired to come unto youeven, I, Paul, both once and again,and, Satan, thwarted us. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what shall be our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting? Shall not even, ye, before our Lord Jesus, in his Presence? 1 Thessalonians 2:20 Ye, in fact, are our glory and joy.