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.