1For yourselves have known, brethren, our entrance in unto you, that it did not become vain,
2but having both suffered before, and having been injuriously treated (as ye have known) in Philippi, we were bold in our
God to speak unto you the good news of God in much conflict,
3for our exhortation [is] not out of deceit, nor out of uncleanness, nor in guile,
4but as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the good news, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who is
proving our hearts,
5for at no time did we come with speech of flattery, (as ye have known,) nor in a pretext for covetousness, (God [is] witness!)
6nor seeking of men glory, neither from you nor from others, being able to be burdensome, as Christ`s apostles.
7But we became gentle in your midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children,
8so being desirous of you, we are well-pleased to impart to you not only the good news of God, but also our own souls, because
beloved ye have become to us,
9for ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail, for, night and day working not to be a burden upon any of you, we did
preach to you the good news of God;
10ye [are] witnesses -- God also -- how kindly and righteously, and blamelessly to you who believe we became,
11even as ye have known, how each one of you, as a father his own children, we are exhorting you, and comforting, and testifying,
12for your walking worthily of God, who is calling you to His own reign and glory.
13Because of this also, we -- we do give thanks to God continually, that, having received the word of hearing from us of
God, ye accepted, not the word of man, but as it is truly, the word of God, who also doth work in you who believe;
14for ye became imitators, brethren, of the assemblies of God that are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because such things ye suffered,
even ye, from your own countrymen, as also they from the Jews,
15who did both put to death the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and did persecute us, and God they are not pleasing, and
to all men [are] contrary,
16forbidding us to speak to the nations that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always, but the anger did come upon
them -- to the end!
17And we, brethren, having been taken from you for the space of an hour -- in presence, not in heart -- did hasten the more
abundantly to see your face in much desire,
18wherefore we wished to come unto you, (I indeed Paul,) both once and again, and the Adversary did hinder us;
19for what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? are not even ye before our Lord Jesus Christ in his presence?
20for ye are our glory and joy.