Make every effort to come to me soon,
Make every effort to come before winter. Eubulus greets you, as do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers.
For I want very much to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
Now I implore you, brothers, through the Lord Jesus Christ and through the love of the Spirit, to agonize together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf:
that I may be rescued from the unbelievers in Judea, that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints,
and that, by God's will, I may come to you with joy and be refreshed together with you.
For God is my witness, how I deeply miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick.
But as for us, brothers, after we were forced to leave you for a short time (in person, not in heart), we greatly desired and made every effort to return and see you face to face.
So we wanted to come to you-- even I, Paul, time and again-- but Satan hindered us.
For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
For you are our glory and joy!
Therefore, when we could no longer stand it, we thought it was better to be left alone in Athens.
serving the Lord with all humility, with tears, and with the trials that came to me through the plots of the Jews--
Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I did not stop warning each one of you with tears.
There was a great deal of weeping by everyone. And embracing Paul, they kissed him,
grieving most of all over his statement that they would never see his face again. Then they escorted him to the ship.
Because the Lamb who is at the center of the throne will shepherd them; He will guide them to springs of living waters, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.
Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.
to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the LORD, to glorify Him.
Then the virgin will rejoice with dancing, while young and old men [rejoice] together. I will turn their mourning into joy, give them consolation, and [bring] happiness out of grief.
So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will rob you of your joy.
Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be complete.
We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.