1 Thessalonians 2 King James Version 2016

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  • 1 Because, you yourselves know brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain.
  • 2 But even after we had suffered beforehand and were disgraced at Philippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
  • 3 Because, our exhortation did not come from deception, nor of uncleanness, nor in trickery.
  • 4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
  • 5 Because, neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness.
  • 6 Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
  • 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nursing mother cherishes her children.
  • 8 So affectionately longing for you, we were willing to impart to you, not just the gospel of God, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.
  • 9 Because you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; because, laboring night and day, since we did not want to be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
  • 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe;
  • 11 as you know how we exhorted and comforted and commanded every one of you, as a father does to his children,
  • 12 that you would walk worthy of God, who has called you into His kingdom and glory.
  • 13 For this reason also we thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you did not receive it as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectually works in you who believe.
  • 14 Because you, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus. Because you also have suffered similar things from your own countrymen, just as they have from the Jews,
  • 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God, and are contrary to all men,
  • 16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, to always fill up their sins; because of which the wrath is coming upon them to the uttermost.
  • 17 But we, brethren, being taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great longing.
  • 18 Therefore we wanted to come to you, even I, Paul, time and again, but Satan hindered us.
  • 19 Because what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?
  • 20 Because you are our glory and joy.

(King James Version 2016 Edition, 2016)

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