1 Thessalonians 3:1–10

Wherefore awhen we could no longer bforbear, cwe thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent cdTimotheus, ccour brother, and minister of God, and our defellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, fto establish you, and to gcomfort you concerning your faith: That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that hwe are appointed thereunto. For verily, when we were with you, we told you before hthat we should suffer tribulation; even as iit came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, awhen I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means kthe tempter lhave tempted you, and mour labour be in vain. But now nwhen Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of oyour faith and charity, and pthat ye have good remembrance of us always, qdesiring greatly to see us, as qwe also to see you: Therefore, brethren, rwe were gcomforted over you in all our affliction and sdistress by your faith: For now twe live, if ye ustand fast in the Lord. For wwhat thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10 xNight and day xypraying exceedingly zthat we might see your face, and amight perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

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