Modern Literal Version
[1 Thessalonians 3]

     3:1 Hence, no longer forbearing it, we were delighted to be left behind in Athens alone. 3:2 And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant and our fellow worker in the good-news of the Christ, *that* he might establish you* and to encourage you* concerning your* faith; 3:3for no one to be shook up in these afflictions; for* you* yourselves know that we are reserved *for this thing.3:4 For* even when we were with you*, we were saying to you* beforehand that we are about to be afflicted; just-as it also happened and you* know. 3:5 Because of this, no longer forbearing it, I also sent Timothy, *that* I might know your* faith, lest the tempter had tempted you*, and our labor might become vain. 3:6 But now, after Timothy came to us from you*, and proclaimed to us good-news about your* faith and love*, and that you* have a good remembrance of us always, longing to see us, just-as we also long to see you*. 3:7 Brethren, because of this, we were comforted on the basis of you* in all our affliction and calamity through your* faith, 3:8 because now we live, if you* stand-firm in the Lord. 3:9 For* what thanksgiving are we able to repay to God concerning you*? Over all the joy in which we are rejoicing before our God is because of you*, 3:10 exceptionally beseeching God night and day, *that* we may see your* face and may mend the things lacking of your* faith.

     3:11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus Christ, steer our way toward you*. 3:12 And may the Lord increase in you* and this increase to abound in love* toward one another and toward all men, just-as we also do toward you*; 3:13*that* he might establish your*hearts, blameless in holiness before our God and Father, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his holy-ones.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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