Instead, we were like young children[a] among you.

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Some manuscripts were gentle

Paul’s Appeal and Warning

14 I am writing this not to shame you(A) but to warn you as my dear children.(B)

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19 My dear children,(A) for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,(B)

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To Timothy(A) my true son(B) in the faith:

Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.(C)

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10 that I appeal to you for my son(A) Onesimus,[a](B) who became my son while I was in chains.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Philemon 1:10 Onesimus means useful.

My dear children,(A) I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate(B) with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

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