The sincerity of the apostle's preaching the gospel to them:
and their receiving it.
1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance unto you, that it was not
2 But having suffered before, and being contumeliously treated (as you
know) at Philippi, *we had confidence in our God, to speak to you the gospel of God in much solicitude.
3 For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit.
4 But as we were approved of God, that the gospel should be committed to
us: even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts.
5 For neither have we used at any time, the speech of flattery, as you
know: nor taken an occasion of covetousness: God is witness:
6 Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others.
7 Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ:
but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children.
8 So desirous of you, we would gladly have imparted to you not only the
gospel of God, but also our own souls: because you were become most dear unto us.
9 For you remember, brethren, our labour and toil: *working night and day,
lest we should be burdensome to any of you, we preached among you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and God, how holily, and justly, and without blame
we have been among you, who have believed:
11 As you know, in what manner, entreating and comforting you, (as a father
doth his children).
12 We testified to every one of you, that you would walk worthy of God,
who hath called you to his kingdom and glory.
13 Therefore, we also give thanks to God without ceasing: because that
when you had received of us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it truly is) the
word of God, who worketh in you, who have believed.
14 For you, brethren, are become followers of the churches of God which
are in Judea, in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they have from
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted
us, and they please not God, and are adversaries to all men;
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, to fill
up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end.
17 But we, brethren, being taken away from you, for a short time, in sight,
not in heart, have hastened the more abundantly to see your face with great desire:
18 For we would have come to you, even I, Paul, once and again; but Satan
hath hindered us.
19 For what is our hope or joy, or crown of glory? Are not you, in the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For you are our glory and joy.
2: Acts xvi. 19.
9: Acts xx. 24.; 1 Corinthians iv. 12.; 2 Thessalonians iii. 8.