14 For you, brothers, (A)became imitators of (B)the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For (C)you suffered the same things from your own countrymen (D)as they did from the Jews,[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:14 The Greek word Ioudaioi can refer to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that time

For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, (A)just as it has come to pass, and just as you know.

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33 sometimes being (A)publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34 For (B)you had compassion on those in prison, and (C)you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had (D)a better possession and an abiding one.

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Therefore (A)we ourselves boast about you (B)in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith (C)in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.

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In the days of his flesh, (A)Jesus[a] offered up prayers and supplications, (B)with loud cries and tears, to him (C)who was able to save him from death, and (D)he was heard because of his reverence. Although (E)he was a son, (F)he learned obedience through what he suffered.

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  1. Hebrews 5:7 Greek he

And (A)you became imitators of us (B)and of the Lord, for (C)you received the word in much affliction, (D)with the (E)joy of the Holy Spirit,

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22 And I was still unknown in person to (A)the churches of Judea that are in Christ.

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Encouragement to Give Generously

We want you to know, brothers,[a] about the grace of God that has been (A)given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and (B)their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 8:1 Or brothers and sisters

Greeting

(A)Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

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Greeting

Paul, (A)Silvanus, and Timothy,

To the church of the (B)Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

(C)Grace to you and peace.

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Live as You Are Called

17 Only let each person lead the life[a] (A)that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. (B)This is my rule in (C)all the churches.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 7:17 Or each person walk in the way

13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, (A)agitating and stirring up the crowds.

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Paul and Silas in Thessalonica

17 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to (A)Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, (B)as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them (C)from the Scriptures, (D)explaining and proving that it was necessary for (E)the Christ to suffer and (F)to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And (G)some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did (H)a great many of the devout (I)Greeks and not a few of the leading women. (J)But the Jews[a] (K)were jealous, and taking (L)some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, (M)they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against (N)the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is (O)another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:5 Greek Ioudaioi probably refers here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, in that time; also verse 13

James Killed and Peter Imprisoned

12 About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed (A)James the brother of John (B)with the sword, and when he saw (C)that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during (D)the days of Unleavened Bread.

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The Church in Antioch

19 (A)Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that arose over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia and Cyprus and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews.

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31 So (A)the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And (B)walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, (C)it multiplied.

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13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, (A)how much evil he has done to (B)your (C)saints at Jerusalem.

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The Conversion of Saul

But Saul, (A)still (B)breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to (C)the high priest

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Saul Ravages the Church

And (A)Saul (B)approved of his execution.

And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and (C)they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.

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But (A)Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he (B)dragged off men and women and committed them to prison.

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