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The First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Thessalonians
The apostle's concern and love for the Thessalonians.
|For which cause, forbearing no longer, we thought it good to remain at Athens alone.
|And we sent Timothy, our brother and the minister of God in the gospel of Christ, to confirm you and exhort you concerning your faith:
|That no man should be moved in these tribulations: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
|For even when we were with you, we foretold you that we should suffer tribulations: as also it is come to pass, and you know.
|For this cause also, I, forbearing no longer, sent to know your faith: lest perhaps he that tempteth should have tempted you: and our labour should be made vain.
|But now when Timothy came to us from you and related to us your faith and charity, and that you have a good remembrance of us always, desiring to see us as we also to see you:
|Therefore we were comforted, brethren, in you, in all our necessity and tribulation, by your faith.
|Because now we live, if you stand in the Lord.
|For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God,
|Night and day more abundantly praying that we may see your face and may accomplish those things that are wanting to your faith?
|Now God himself and our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
|And may the Lord multiply you and make you abound in charity towards one another and towards all men: as we do also towards you,
|To confirm your hearts without blame, in holiness, before God and our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints. Amen.