We left for Athens (1 Thess. 3:1)

“Therefore,

When we could bear it no longer,

We decided to be left alone

In Athens.”

Διὸ μηκέτι στέγοντες ηὐδοκήσαμεν καταλειφθῆναι ἐν Ἀθήναις μόνοι,

Paul said, “Therefore, when we could bear it no longer (Διὸ μηκέτι στέγοντες), we decided to be left (ηὐδοκήσαμεν καταλειφθῆναι) alone in Athens (ἐν Ἀθήναις μόνοι).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word στέγοντες, that means to cover closely, to bear up under, bear with, or endure patiently.  Once again, Paul pointed out that he had left Thessalonica in a hurry at night.  However, he ended up in Athens in southern Greece all by himself as indicated in Acts, chapter 17:14-15.  Paul was left alone in Athens.  Things had become difficult in northern Macedonia.  He could hardly bear up under those conditions.  Paul felt safer in Athens.  Have you ever felt unsafe in some place?

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