Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles,(A) instead we were gentle[a] among you, as a nurse[b] nurtures her own children. We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers and sisters. Working(B) night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. 10 You are witnesses,(C) and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously,(D) and blamelessly(E) we conducted ourselves with you believers. 11 As you know, like a father with his own children,(F) 12 we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God,(G) who calls you into his own kingdom(H) and glory.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. 2:7 Many mss read infants
  2. 2:7 Or nursing mother

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