3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
3:1 Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone,

3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
3:2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,

3:3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
3:3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this.

3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
3:4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know.

3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
3:5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.

3:6 But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also [to see] you:
3:6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you--

3:7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
3:7 therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith.

3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
3:9 For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God,

3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
3:10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and perfect what is lacking in your faith?

3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
3:11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.

3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as we [do] toward you:
3:12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you,

3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
3:13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.