A (2:17a) But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart,
B (17b-18) endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
C (19-20) For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.
D (3:1-2) Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
E (3) That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
E’ (4) For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
D’ (5-7) For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
C’ (8-9) For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
B’ (10) Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
A’ (11-13) Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
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Lovely helpful insights.
Have you considered the 5 “Your Faith” statements from 3:2-10? (this centering around the Central verse of the Book at 3:6, turning point away from afflictions and into Comfort)
Then there is the 3 paragraphs which follow about “Your Love”, 3:11-4:12 (Love, Lust, Love)
Plus this is followed by 4:13- 5:11 all about “Your Hope”.
Since these three are highlighted by 1:3 as a Key Triplet, it is not surprising to find them a fitting Map of the Argument in the book as a whole.