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And you became imitators[a] of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit,

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  1. 1:6 Imitators: the Pauline theme of “imitation” (see 1 Thes 2:14; 1 Cor 4:16; 11:1; 2 Thes 3:9) is rooted in Paul’s view of solidarity in Christ through sharing in Jesus’ cross and in the Spirit of the risen Lord.