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Anxiety in Athens

3 Therefore, when we could no longer stand it, we thought it was better to be left alone in Athens. t And we sent Timothy, u our brother and God’s coworker v in the gospel of Christ, w to strengthen and encourage you concerning your faith, so that no one will be shaken by these persecutions. For you yourselves know that we are appointed to x this. In fact, when we were with you, we told you previously that we were going to suffer persecution, and as you know, it happened. For this reason, when I could no longer stand it, I also sent him to find out about your faith, fearing that the tempter had tempted you and that our labor might be for nothing.

Encouraged by Timothy

But now Timothy has come to us y from you and brought us good news about your faith and love and reported that you always have good memories of us, wanting to see us, as we also want to see you. z Therefore, * brothers, in all our distress and persecution, we were encouraged about you through your faith. For now we live, if you stand firm a in the Lord. How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy b we experience before our God because of you, 10 as we pray very earnestly night and day to see you face to face c and to complete what is lacking in your faith? d

Prayer for the Church

11 Now may our God and Father e Himself, and our Lord Jesus, f direct our way to you. 12 And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love g for one another h and for everyone, just as we also do for you. 13 May He make your hearts blameless i in holiness j before our God and Father at the coming k of our Lord l Jesus with all His * saints. * Amen. m


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The complete Holman Christian Standard Bible® is now available for the first time ever! More than fifteen years in the making, crafted by the shared expertise of nearly a hundred conservative scholars and English stylists, the Holman CSB® sets the standard in painstaking biblical accuracy and pure literary form.

Accurate, yet highly readable, it's a translation committed to leaving both the grace and gravity of the original languages intact while carefully creating a smooth flow of wording for the reader.

Stylistically, this inaugural edition contributes to the clarity of the written Word, arranging the poetic portions of the Scripture into complete lines of thought, and revering God's presence on each page by capitalizing all the pronouns that refer to Him.

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