1 Wherefore, no longer concealing our anxiety, we were well pleased to be left at Athens alone,
2 and sent Timothy, our brother, and a minister of God, and our fellow-laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to exhort you concerning your faith:
3 that no one should be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed to them.
4 For even when we were with you, we foretold you that we were to be afflicted; which also happened as you know.
5 For this reason also, no longer concealing my anxiety, I sent to know your faith; lest by some means the tempter may have tempted you, and our labor have become in vain.
6 But now, when Timothy came to us from you, and gave us the good news of your faith and love, and that you have good remembrance of us at all times, ardently desiring to see us, even as we also to see you;
7 by this, brethren, we were comforted concerning you in all our affliction and necessity, even by your faith.
8 For now we live, when you stand firm in the Lord.
9 But what thanksgiving can we return to God concerning you, for all the joy with which we rejoice, through you, in the presence of our God?
10 Night and day, most earnestly requesting to see your face, and to supply the deficiencies of your faith.
11 Now may God himself, even our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, make straight our way to you.
12 And may the Lord fill you, and make you overflow with love to one another, and to all, even as we also to you;
13 that he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness, before God, even our Father, at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints.