We told you about suffering (1 Thess. 3:4)

“In fact,

When we were with you,

We told you beforehand

That we were about

To suffer persecutions.

Thus,

It turned out,

As you know.”

καὶ γὰρ ὅτε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἦμεν, προελέγομεν ὑμῖν ὅτι μέλλομεν θλίβεσθαι, καθὼς καὶ ἐγένετο καὶ οἴδατε.

Paul said, “In fact, when we were with you (καὶ γὰρ ὅτε πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἦμεν), we told you beforehand (προελέγομεν ὑμῖν) that we were about to suffer persecutions (ὅτι μέλλομεν θλίβεσθαι).  Thus, it turned out (καὶ ἐγένετο), as you know (καὶ οἴδατε).”  Paul explained when he was in Thessalonica that they were about to suffer some persecutions.  As they know, that is exactly what happened.  Paul and his companions suffered and were persecuted in various ways.  The same thing has now happened to them.  Have you ever suffered any persecutions?

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