1 Thessalonians 2:18-3:4Therefore we wanted to come to you -- I, Paul, not once but twice -- but Satan prevented us. For what will be our hope and joy and crowning boast before our Lord Jesus in his coming, if not you? For you are our glory and our joy.
Since we could no longer bear it, we preferred to be left in Athens alone, and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the good news of Christ, to reinforce you and encourage you in your belief, so that you would not be beguiled in these oppressions. For you knew that these things lay in store for us; for when we were with you, we foretold to you that we were about to be oppressed, just as is happening and you know.