You know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a failure.
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,
You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not a failure.
So, friends, it's obvious that our visit to you was no waste of time.
For you yourselves, brothers, are conscious that our coming among you was not without effect:
You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain,
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain.
|NET © [draft] ITL|
|NET © Notes||
1 tn Grk “brothers.” See note on the phrase “brothers and sisters” in 1:4.
2 tn Grk “has not become empty.” Paul is defending himself against the charge that he lacked earnestness and personal concern for them, but appeared in their city out of greed or egotism. In his defense he appeals to what they recall of his ministry and what has become of it since he left, all of which demonstrates his God-given earnestness and effectiveness.