So that we ourselves boast of you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure:
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Indeed in the first Epistle he says, that all the Churches of Macedonia and Achaia resounded, having heard of their faith. So that we need not, he says, to speak anything. For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you. 1 Thessalonians 1:8 But here he says, so that we glory. What then is it that is said? There he says that they need not instruction from him, but here he has not said that we teach them, but we glory, and are proud of you. If therefore we both give thanks to God for you, and glory among men, much more ought you to do so for your own good deeds. For if your good actions are worthy of boasting from others, how are they worthy of lamentation from you? It is impossible to say. So that we ourselves, he says, glory in you in the Churches of God, for your patience and faith.
Here he shows that much time had elapsed. For patience is shown by much time, not in two or three days. And he does not merely say patience. It is the part of patienc...
-how he, (I say, ) speaks in favour of martyrdoms, now to be chosen by himself also, when, rejoicing over the Thessalonians, he says, "So that we glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations, in which ye endure a manifestation of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be accounted worthy of His kingdom, for which ye also suffer! ...