1 Thessalonians 2:3-12New American Standard Bible (NASB)
3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or [a]by way of deceit;4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who [b]examines our hearts.5 For we never came [c]with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—6 nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ [d]we might have [e]asserted our authority.7 But we [f]proved to be [g]gentle [h]among you, as a nursing mother[i]tenderly cares for her own children.8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own [j]lives, because you had become [k]very dear to us.
9 For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, howworking night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.10 You are witnesses, and so isGod, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we [l]behaved toward you [m]believers;11 just as you know how we wereexhorting and encouraging and [n]imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
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