Paul’s Conduct
1For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. 2But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at #Acts 14:5Acts 16:19–24Phil. 1:30Philippi, as you know, we were #Acts 17:1–9bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. 3#2 Cor. 7:2For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.
4But as #1 Cor. 7:25we have been approved by God #Titus 1:3to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, #Gal. 1:10not as pleasing men, but God #Prov. 17:3who tests our hearts. 5For #2 Cor. 2:17neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—#Rom. 1:91 Thess. 2:10God is witness. 6#1 Tim. 5:17Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when #1 Cor. 9:4we might have #2 Cor. 11:9made demands #1 Cor. 9:1as apostles of Christ. 7But #1 Cor. 2:3we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 8So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased #Rom. 1:11to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also #2 Cor. 12:151 John 3:16our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9For you remember, brethren, our #Acts 18:3Acts 20:34351 Cor. 4:122 Thess. 3:78labor and toil; for laboring night and day, #2 Cor. 12:13that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
10#2 Cor. 1:121 Thess. 1:5You are witnesses, and God also, #2 Cor. 7:2how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12#Eph. 4:1Col. 1:10that you would walk worthy of God #Rom. 8:281 Cor. 1:91 Thess. 5:242 Thess. 2:14(2 Tim. 1:9)who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Their Conversion
13For this reason we also thank God #Rom. 1:81 Thess. 1:23without ceasing, because when you #Mark 4:20received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it #(Matt. 10:20Gal. 4:14)not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively #(1 Pet. 1:23)works in you who believe. 14For you, brethren, became imitators #Gal. 1:22of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For #Acts 17:51 Thess. 3:42 Thess. 1:4you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15#Luke 24:20Acts 2:23who killed both the Lord Jesus and #Jer. 2:30Matt. 5:12Jer 23:3435Acts 7:52their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God #Esth. 3:8and are contrary to all men, 16#Luke 11:52forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always #Gen. 15:16Dan. 8:23Matt. 23:32to fill up the measure of their sins; #Matt. 24:6but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.
Longing to See Them
17But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time #1 Cor. 5:3in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. 18Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but #Rom. 1:13Ro 15:22Satan hindered us. 19For #2 Cor. 1:14what is our hope, or joy, or #Prov. 16:31crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the #Jude 24presence of our Lord Jesus Christ #1 Cor. 15:23at His coming? 20For you are our glory and joy.
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