2. The Reward of Such Care
13 And because of this we also athank God unceasingly that when you received 1the word of God, which you heard 2from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but even as it truly is, the word of God, which also 3operates in you who believe.
14 For you, brothers, became 1aimitators of the bchurches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, for you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they also from the Jews,
15 Who both akilled the Lord Jesus and the bprophets and cdrove us out; and they are not pleasing to God and are contrary to all men,
16 In that they forbid us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, so that they afill up their sins always. But wrath has come upon them to the 1uttermost.
17 But we, brothers, having been 1bereaved of you for 2a little while, in presence, anot in heart, were more abundantly 3eager with great bdesire to see your face.
18 Therefore we wanted to come to you, indeed I Paul, both once and again, yet 1Satan ahindered us.
19 For what is our ahope or bjoy or crown of cboasting before our Lord Jesus at His 1dcoming? Are not even you?
20 For you are our 1glory and joy.