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1 Thessalonians 2:1-9 American Standard Version (ASV)

For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto you, that it hath not been found vain: but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we waxed bold in our God to speak unto you the [a]gospel of God in much conflict. For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the [b]gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God who proveth our hearts. For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness; nor seeking glory of men, neither from you nor from others, when we might have [c]claimed authority as apostles of Christ. But we were [d]gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the [e]gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us. For ye remember, brethren, our labor and travail: working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached unto you the [f]gospel of God.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 Greek good tidings. See verse 5.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 Greek good tidings. See verse 5.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Or, been burdensome. verse 9; compare 1 Cor. 9:4ff
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Most of the ancient authorities read babes. Compare 1 Cor. 14:20.
  5. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Greek good tidings. See verse 5.
  6. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Greek good tidings. See verse 5.
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