1. For ye yourselves see, brethren, that our coming to you, that it was not in vain.
2. But indeed, having suffered previously and been shamefully maltreated, as ye know at Philippoi, we were bold to freely speak in our God, declaring to you the good news despite great resistance .
3. For our teaching was not to lead you astray into error, nor from uncleanness, nor in guile .
4. But just as we were tested and approved by God to be entrusted with the evangelising of the gospel, even so we speak, not as men striving to please [men], but rather, as those who God has approved their hearts .
5. For not once in our speech did we come with flattery, as ye know, nor with outward showing of covetousness; God is witness;
6. Neither sought we glory from men; either from you or from others; we were empowered with authority to be so as apostles [messengers sent] by Christ.
7. However, we were tender in your midst; as a nurse cuddling her children, herself.
8. So, being endearing concerning you, it pleased us to impart you, not only the good news of God, but also our very breath, because ye have become very dear to us.
9. For ye are mindful brethren, of our toiling and travailing; for night and day, we laboured so as not to be burdensome to any of you; we proclaimed among you only the good news of God.
10. Ye were witnesses and God also, how holily, and justly, and beyond reproach, we were ourselves towards you who have come to believe.
11. Just as ye know, how to each and every one of you, we were as father to his children, encouraging you, and exhorting you, and charging you,
12. That you walk worthily of the God who called you to himself, his kingdom and glory.
13. For this cause also, we give thanks to God without ceasing, because ye have received the word which you heard from us, as of God: receiving it, not as the word of men, but just as it is, the true word of God, which is energetically at work in you that believe.
14. For you became followers, brethren, of the church of God in Judaea in Christ Jesus, because ye also, even as they, suffered under your own countrymen, even as they under the jews.
15. Who also killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and persecuted us; they do not please God, and with all men they are contentious.
16. Hindering us from preaching to the Gentiles that they might be saved, This is so to fill their sins always. But upon them has come the wrath at last.
17. But we, brethren, were bereaved being separated from you for the short season, in the face, not in the heart; exceedingly ernest to see your face with great longing.
18. Wherefore, we would have come to you, I Paulos [would have come] also, once and again, but Satan hindered our course.
19. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glory. Is it not you before the face of our Lord Jesus, in his very presence?
20. For ye are our glory and our joy.
Started translation 07:43 am 30th December 2016, Completed 15:30 31st December 2016.