2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance to you, that it
was not in vain:
2:2 But even after we had suffered before, and were shamefully
treated, as ye know, at Phillippi, we were bold in our God to
speak to you the gospel of God with much contention.
2:3 For our exhortation [was] not from deceit, nor from
impurity, nor in guile;
2:4 But as we were allowed by God to be put in trust with the
gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who
trieth our hearts.
2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye
know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is] witness:
2:6 Nor from men sought we glory, neither from you, nor [yet]
from others, when we might have been burdensome, as the
apostles of Christ.
2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her
2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to
have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our
own souls, because ye were dear to us.
2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labor and toil: for laboring
night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of
you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
2:10 Ye [are] witnesses, and God [also], how holily, and justly,
and unblamably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
2:11 As ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged
every one of you, as a father [doth] his children,
2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you into
his kingdom and glory.
2:13 For this cause also we thank God without ceasing, because,
when ye received the word of God which ye heard from 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
2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God
which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered
like things from your own countrymen, even as they [have] from
2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and
have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary
to all men:
2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be
saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon
them to the uttermost.
2:17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in
presence, not in heart, endeavored the more abundantly to see
your face with great desire.
2:18 Wherefore we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and
again; but Satan hindered us.
2:19 For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?
[Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at
2:20 For ye are our glory and joy.