Saturday, May 07, 2005

1 Thessalonians 2:9-17

For you remember, brothers, our pains and toil, working day and night so as not to burden you with anything while we were proclaiming the good news of God to you. You bear witness, and God too, to how pious and righteous and blameless we were toward you who had become believers, just as you know that we were to each of you like a father to his own children, encouraging and comforting you and beseeching you to walk a path worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

And because of this, too, we thank God unceasingly: that having received the word of God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but just as it truly is -- the word of God, the very one that works among you believers. For you have become imitators, brothers, of the churches of God that are in Judaea in Christ Jesus, in that you too suffered from your own tribesmen what they suffered from the Jews, those who killed Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us, and have not rendered service to God but have set themselves against all men, preventing us from speaking to the nations and saving them, in the continual fulfilment of their sins. But the wrath has come upon them at last.

And we, brothers, deprived of you for a short time -- in person, not in heart -- were immeasurably eager and had great longing to see your faces.

(My translation)


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