2:13 And so 1 we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, 2 you accepted it not as a human message, 3 but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe. 2:14 For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, 4 of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews, 2:15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets 5 and persecuted us severely. 6 They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people, 2:16 because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, 7 but wrath 8 has come upon them completely. 9
Forced Absence from Thessalonica
2:17 But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, 10 for a short time (in presence, not in affection) 11 we became all the more fervent in our great desire 12 to see you in person. 13 2:18 For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) 14 but Satan thwarted us. 2:19 For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of 15 before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you? 2:20 For you are our glory and joy!