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The apostle's concern and love for the Thessalonians.

[1] For which cause, forbearing no longer, we thought it good to remain at Athens alone: [2] 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: [3] That no man should be moved in these tribulations: for yourselves know, that we are appointed thereunto. [4] 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. [5] 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.

[6] 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; [7] Therefore we were comforted, brethren, in you, in all our necessity and tribulation, by your faith, [8] Because now we live, if you stand in the Lord. [9] For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God, [10] Night and day more abundantly praying that we may see your face, and may accomplish those things that are wanting to your faith?

[11] Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. [12] 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, [13] 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.

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