Bible: 1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

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!

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