3 Hence, when we could bear it no longer, we saw good to be left alone in Athens;+ 2 and we sent Timothy,+ our brother and God’s minister* in the good news+ about the Christ, in order to make YOU firm and comfort YOU in behalf of YOUR faith, 3 that no one might be swayed by these tribulations.+ For YOU yourselves know we are appointed to this very thing.+ 4 In fact, too, when we were with YOU, we used to tell YOU beforehand+ that we were destined to suffer tribulation,+ just as it has also happened and as YOU know.+ 5 That is why, indeed, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to know of YOUR faithfulness,*+ as perhaps in some way the Tempter+ might have tempted YOU, and our labor might have turned out to be in vain.+ 6 But Timothy has just now come to us from YOU+ and given us the good news about YOUR faithfulness and love,+ and that YOU continue having good remembrance of us always, yearning to see us in the same way, indeed, as we also do YOU.+ 7 That is why, brothers, we have been comforted+ over YOU in all our necessity and tribulation through the faithfulness YOU show,+ 8 because now we live if YOU stand firm in [the] Lord.+ 9 For what thanksgiving can we render to God concerning YOU in return for all the joy with which we are rejoicing+ on YOUR account before our God, 10 while night and day we make more than extraordinary supplications+ to see YOUR faces and to make good the things that are lacking about YOUR faith?+ 11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus+ direct our way prosperously to YOU. 12 Moreover, may the Lord cause YOU to increase,+ yes, make YOU abound, in love+ to one another and to all, even as we also do to YOU; 13 to the end that he may make YOUR hearts firm, unblamable+ in holiness before our God and Father at the presence*+ of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones.+
^ Or, “servant.” Gr., di·aʹko·non; Lat., mi·niʹstrum (from miʹnus, “less”).
^ Or, “faith.”
^ See App 5B.