1 Thessalonians 3
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left
at Athens alone;||
And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow
labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you
concerning your faith:||
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that
we are appointed thereunto.||
(3:4, 13) Paul thought that the tribulation that he believed would
precede Jesus' coming had already passed, and that Jesus would come during his lifetime.
(3:4) "We told you before that we should
suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass."
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should
suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith,
lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings
of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always,
desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:||
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and
distress by your faith:||
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.||
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy
wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;||
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might
perfect that which is lacking in your faith?||
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another,
and toward all men, even as we do toward you:||
"He may stablish your hearts ... at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God,
even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
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