Bible: 1 Thessalonians 2:10-16

2:10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe. 2:11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children, 2:12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory. 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 

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