Bible: 1 Thessalonians 2:14-18

2:14 For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, 1  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 2  and persecuted us severely. 3  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, 4  but wrath 5  has come upon them completely. 6 

Forced Absence from Thessalonica

2:17 But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, 7  for a short time (in presence, not in affection) 8  we became all the more fervent in our great desire 9  to see you in person. 10  2:18 For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) 11  but Satan thwarted us.

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