serving the Lord with all humility and with tears and with trials which came upon me through the plots of the Jews;
And there he spent three months, and when a plot was formed against him by the Jews as he was about to set sail for Syria, he decided to return through Macedonia.
Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each one with tears.
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you.
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ,
knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.
My eyes shed streams of water, Because they do not keep Your law.
Oh that my head were waters And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!
But if you will not listen to it, My soul will sob in secret for such pride; And my eyes will bitterly weep And flow down with tears, Because the flock of the Lord has been taken captive.
When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it,
If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him,
But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.
And when an attempt was made by both the Gentiles and the Jews with their rulers, to mistreat and to stone them,
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead.
But the Jews, becoming jealous and taking along some wicked men from the market place, formed a mob and set the city in an uproar; and attacking the house of Jason, they were seeking to bring them out to the people.
But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds.
For this very night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me,
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,
For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you,
For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
For even when we came into Macedonia our flesh had no rest, but we were afflicted on every side: conflicts without, fears within.
Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.
Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself!
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
but you know that it was because of a bodily illness that I preached the gospel to you the first time;
With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,
longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,
Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:
For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.