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.
1 Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, 2 and sent a Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, 3 b that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that c we are appointed to this. 4 d For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. 5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, e lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and f our labor might be in vain.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.