1 For yourselves, brethren, know our :entering in unto you, that it hath not become vain: 2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we waxed bold in our :God to speak unto you the gospel of :God in much conflict. 3 For our :exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4 but even as we have been approved of :God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God who proveth our :hearts. 5 For neither were we ever using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness; 6 nor seeking glory of men, neither from you nor from others, though able to be a burden as apostles of Christ. 7 But we became babes in your midst, as when a nurse cherisheth her own :children: 8 thus longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the gospel of :God only, but also our own :souls, because ye were become very dear to us. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our :toil and :travail: working night and day, that we burden not any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of :God. 10 Ye are witnesses, :God also, how holily and righteously and unblamably we became toward you that believe: 11 as ye know how we were exhorting you, each of you, as a father his own children, and encouraging, and testifying, 12 that ye should walk worthily of the God that calleth you into his own :kingdom and glory.
13 And for this we also thank :God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of :God’s †message, ye accepted it not as men’s word, but, as it is in truth, God’s word, which also worketh in you that believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became imitators of the churches of :God which are in :Judæa in Christ Jesus: because ye also suffered the same things of your :own countrymen, even as THEY did of the Jews; 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove out us, and please not God, and are contrary to all men; 16 hindering us from speaking to the nations that they may be saved; to fill up their :sins always: but the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, bereaved of you for the season of an hour in †presence not in heart, endeavored the more exceedingly to see your face with great desire: 18 because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul both once and twice, and :Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye, before our :Lord Jesus at his :presence? 20 For ye are our :glory and our :joy.