14 For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators(A) of God’s churches in Judea,(B) which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people(C) the same things those churches suffered from the Jews

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In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.(A)

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33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;(A) at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.(B) 34 You suffered along with those in prison(C) and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.(D)

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Therefore, among God’s churches we boast(A) about your perseverance and faith(B) in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.(C)

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During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions(A) with fervent cries and tears(B) to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard(C) because of his reverent submission.(D) Son(E) though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered(F)

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You became imitators of us(A) and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering(B) with the joy(C) given by the Holy Spirit.(D)

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22 I was personally unknown to the churches of Judea(A) that are in Christ.(B)

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The Collection for the Lord’s People

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian(A) churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.(B)

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Paul, Silas[a](A) and Timothy,(B)

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

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:1 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas

Paul, Silas[a](A) and Timothy,(B)

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

Grace and peace to you.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:1 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas

Concerning Change of Status

17 Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.(A) This is the rule I lay down in all the churches.(B)

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13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,(A) some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.

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In Thessalonica

17 When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica,(A) where there was a Jewish synagogue. As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue,(B) and on three Sabbath(C) days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,(D) explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer(E) and rise from the dead.(F) “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,”(G) he said. Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas,(H) as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.

But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city.(I) They rushed to Jason’s(J) house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.[a] But when they did not find them, they dragged(K) Jason and some other believers(L) before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world(M) have now come here,(N) and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.”(O) When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil.

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Footnotes

  1. Acts 17:5 Or the assembly of the people

Peter’s Miraculous Escape From Prison

12 It was about this time that King Herod(A) arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John,(B) put to death with the sword.(C) When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews,(D) he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.(E)

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The Church in Antioch

19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed(A) traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch,(B) spreading the word only among Jews.

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31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and Samaria(A) enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.(B)

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13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people(A) in Jerusalem.(B)

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Saul’s Conversion(A)

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples.(B) He went to the high priest

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And Saul(A) approved of their killing him.

The Church Persecuted and Scattered

On that day a great persecution broke out against the church in Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered(B) throughout Judea and Samaria.(C)

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But Saul(A) began to destroy the church.(B) Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.

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