1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. 2 But 1 even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at a Philippi, as you know, we were b bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict. 3 c For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit. 4 But as d we have been approved by God e to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, f not as pleasing men, but God g who tests our hearts. 5 For h neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a 2 cloak for covetousness - i God is witness. 6 j Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when k we might have l made demands m as apostles of Christ. 7 But n we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children. 8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased o to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also p our own lives, because you had become dear to us.
9 For you remember, brethren, our q labor and toil; for laboring night and day, r that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. 10 s You are witnesses, and God also, t how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe; 11 as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and 3 charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, 12 u that you would walk worthy of God v who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
13 For this reason we also thank God w without ceasing, because when you x received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it y not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively z works in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators a of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For b you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as they did from the Judeans, 15 c who killed both the Lord Jesus and d their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God e and are 4 contrary to all men, 16 f forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so as always g to fill up the measure of their sins; h but wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time i in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. 18 Therefore we wanted to come to you - even I, Paul, time and again - but j Satan hindered us. 19 For k what is our hope, or joy, or l crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the n at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.