True ministers preach in a godly manner—Converts are the glory and joy of missionaries.
1 For yourselves, brethren, know our aentrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:
2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully aentreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to bspeak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
3 For our exhortation was not of adeceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in bguile:
4 But as we were aallowed of God to be bput in ctrust with the gospel, even so we dspeak; not as epleasing men, but God, which ftrieth our hearts.
5 For neither at any time used we aflattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of bcovetousness; God is witness:
6 Nor of men sought we aglory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own asouls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and atravail: for blabouring night and day, because we would not be cchargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are awitnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his achildren,
12 That ye would awalk bworthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also athank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
14 For ye, brethren, became afollowers of the churches of God which in Judæa are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have bsuffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
15 Who both akilled the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16 aForbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins balway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your aface with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his acoming?
20 For ye are our glory and joy.