1 Thessalonians 2:7
Good News Translation
even though as apostles of Christ we could have made demands on you. But we were gentle when we were with you, like a mother taking care of her children.

Contemporary English Version
But as apostles, we could have demanded help from you. After all, Christ is the one who sent us. We chose to be like children or like a mother nursing her baby.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children:

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Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children:

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Genesis 33:13,14 And Jacob said: My lord, thou knowest that I have with me tender children, and sheep, and kine with young: which if I should cause to be overdriven, in one day all the flocks will die. . . .

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom, and he himself shall carry them that are with young.

Ezekiel 34:14-16 I will feed them in the most fruitful pastures, and their pastures shall be in the high mountains of Israel: there shall they rest on the green grass, and be fed in fat pastures upon the mountains of Israel. . . .

Matthew 11:29,30 Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: And you shall find rest to your souls. . . .

John 21:15-17 When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. . . .

1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul, myself beseech you, by the mildness and modesty of Christ: who in presence indeed am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

2 Corinthians 13:4 For although he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him: but we shall live with him by the power of God towards you.

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is, charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, longanimity, . . .

2 Timothy 2:24,25 But the servant of the Lord must not wrangle: but be mild toward all men, apt to teach, patient, . . .

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above, first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy and good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation.

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1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know in what manner, entreating and comforting you (as a father doth his children),

Numbers 11:12 Have I conceived all this multitude, or begotten them, that thou shouldst say to me: Carry them in thy bosom as the nurse is wont to carry the little infant, and bear them into the land, for which thou hast sworn to their fathers?

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and queens thy nurses: they shall worship thee with their face toward the earth, and they shall lick up the dust of thy feet. And thou shalt know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be confounded that wait for him.

Isaiah 66:13 As one whom the mother caresseth, so will I comfort you, and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Acts 13:18 And for the space of forty years endured their manners in the desert:

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Context
Paul's Ministry
6Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others. 7Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children: 8So desirous of you, we would gladly impart unto you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls: because you were become most dear unto us.…
Cross References
Galatians 4:19
My little children, of whom I am in labour again, until Christ be formed in you.

1 Thessalonians 2:11
As you know in what manner, entreating and comforting you (as a father doth his children),

2 Timothy 2:24
But the servant of the Lord must not wrangle: but be mild toward all men, apt to teach, patient,

Additional Translations
On the contrary, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother caring for her children.

But we were gentle in your midst, as a nursing mother would cherish her own children.

But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children:

but have been gentle in the midst of you, as a nurse would cherish her own children.

But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children:

But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

On the contrary, in our relations to you we showed ourselves as gentle as a mother is when she tenderly nurses her own children.

But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

But we became gentle in your midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children,
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