1 Wherefore when wee could no longer forbeare, wee thought it good to bee left at Athens alone:
2 And sent Timotheus our brother and minister of God, and our fellow labourer in the Gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
3 That no man should be mooued by these afflictions: for your selues know that we are appointed therunto.
4 For verily when wee were with you, we told you before, that we should suffer tribulation, euen as it came to passe and ye know.
5 For this cause when I could no longer forbeare, I sent to know your faith, lest by some meanes the tempter haue tempted you, and our labor be in vaine.
6 But now when Timotheus came from you vnto vs, and brought vs good tidings of your faith and charitie, and that ye haue good remembrance of vs alwayes, desiring greatly to see vs, as we also to see you:
7 Therefore brethren, wee were comforted ouer you in all our affliction and distresse, by your faith:
8 For now we liue, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thankes can we render to God againe for you, for all the ioy wherewith wee ioy for your sakes before our God,
10 Night & day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himselfe and our Father, and our Lord Iesus Christ direct our way vnto you.
12 And the Lorde make you to increase, & abound in loue one towards another, and towards all men, euen as we doe towards you:
13 To the end hee may stablish your hearts vnblameable in holinesse before God euen our Father, at the comming of our Lord Iesus Christ with all his Saints.