Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought),(A) out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.(B) 18 For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan(C) blocked our way.(D) 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown(E) in which we will glory(F) in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?(G) Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory(H) and joy.

So when we could stand it no longer,(I) we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.(J) We sent Timothy,(K) who is our brother and co-worker(L) in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ,(M) to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials.(N) For you know quite well that we are destined for them.(O) 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.(P) For this reason, when I could stand it no longer,(Q) I sent to find out about your faith.(R) I was afraid that in some way the tempter(S) had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.(T)

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