“Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;”
King James Version (KJV)
3:1 We - Paul and Silvanus. Could bear no longer - Our desire and fear for you.
1Th 3:1 Paul's Feelings Toward the Thessalonians SUMMARY OF I THESSALONIANS 3: Paul in His Great Solicitude Sent Timothy to Them. The Joy That Timothy's Report Gave Him. His Prayer to See Them Face to Face. A Prayer for Them. When we could no longer forbear. The closing verses of chapter 2 show Paul's great desire to see them, as a father to see his suffering children (see 1Th 2:11). Hindered (1Th 2:18), he at last "thought it good to be left alone at Athens" (Ac 18:1-5).