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11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children, 12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory. 13 And so[a] we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us,[b] you accepted it not as a human message,[c] but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 tn Grk “for this reason,” which seems to look back to Paul’s behavior just described. But it may look forward to v. 13b and mean: “and here is another reason that we constantly thank God: that…”
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 tn Grk “God’s word of hearing from us.”
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 tn Paul’s focus is their attitude toward the message he preached: They received it not as a human message but a message from God.

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