1 When we could not bear it any longer, we decided it would be best to be left without a companion at Athens,
Acts 17:15 1Thess 3:5 1Thess 2:17 Jer 20:9 2Cor 2:13 2Cor 11:29-30 Jer 44:22
2 and sent our brother Timothy, who is God's helper in spreading the gospel of Christ, to keep you firm and encourage you about your faith
Acts 14:22-23 Eph 6:21-22 1Cor 4:17 1Cor 16:10-12 2Cor 1:1 2Cor 1:19 2Cor 8:23
3 and prevent any of you from being unsettled by the present hardships. As you know, these are bound to come our way:
Acts 14:22 Acts 9:16 Acts 21:13 1Cor 15:58 John 16:33 Luke 21:12 Matt 10:16-18
4 indeed, when we were with you, we warned you that we are certain to have hardships to bear, and that is what has happened now, as you have found out.
1Thess 2:14 1Thess 2:2 Acts 20:24 2Cor 8:1-2 2Thess 1:4-6 Acts 17:13 John 16:1-3
5 That is why, when I could not bear it any longer, I sent to assure myself of your faith: I was afraid the Tester might have put you to the test, and all our work might have been pointless.
Matt 4:3 2Cor 2:11 Jas 1:13-14 Phil 2:16 1Cor 7:5 Eph 4:14 Isa 49:4
6 However, Timothy has returned from you and has given us good news of your faith and your love, telling us that you always remember us with pleasure and want to see us quite as much as we want to see you.
1Cor 11:2 1Thess 1:3 Acts 18:5 Prov 25:25 2Cor 7:5-7 Isa 52:7 Phil 1:8
7 And so, brothers, your faith has been a great encouragement to us in the middle of our own distress and hardship;
2Cor 1:4 2Tim 3:10-12 1Cor 4:9-13 1Thess 3:8-9 2Cor 7:6-7 2Cor 7:13 2Cor 11:23-28
8 now we can breathe again, as you are holding firm in the Lord.
1Cor 16:13 Col 1:23 Acts 11:23 Eph 3:17 Heb 3:14 Heb 4:14 Heb 10:23
9 How can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel before our God on your account?
2Cor 9:15 1Thess 1:2-3 1Thess 2:19 1Thess 3:7-8 2Cor 2:14 2Sam 6:21 2Sam 7:18-20
10 We are earnestly praying night and day to be able to see you face to face again and make up any shortcomings in your faith.
2Cor 13:9 2Tim 1:3 2Cor 1:24 Rom 1:10-12 2Thess 1:11 1Thess 2:17-18 1Thess 3:11
11 May God our Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, ease our path to you.
2Thess 2:16 1Thess 3:13 Matt 6:32 Prov 3:5-6 1John 3:1 2Thess 3:5 Ezra 8:21-23
12 May the Lord increase and enrich your love for each other and for all, so that it matches ours for you.
Phil 1:9 1John 3:11-19 1John 4:7-16 1Thess 4:9-10 1Thess 5:15 2Thess 1:3 Matt 22:39
13 And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
1Thess 5:23 1Thess 2:19 Col 1:22 Eph 5:27 Jude 1:14 Zech 14:5 1Cor 1:7-8