1 Paul, and Silvanus,
and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is
in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto
you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of
you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour
of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the
sight of God and our Father;
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in
power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know
what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received
the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in
Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to
God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in
we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve
the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from
the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 For yourselves,
brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in
2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully
entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God
to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness,
nor in guile:
4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the
gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which
trieth our hearts.
5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know,
nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others,
when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to
have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also
our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring
night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of
you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and
unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every
one of you, as a father doth his children,
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto
his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because,
when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received
it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of
God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God
which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered
like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and
have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary
to all men:
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be
saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon
them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in
presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see
your face with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once
and again; but Satan hindered us.
19 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
20 For ye are our glory and joy.
1 Wherefore when
we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at
2 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:
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves
know that we are appointed thereunto.
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
5 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.
6 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:
7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our
affliction and distress by your faith:
8 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;
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your
face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ,
direct our way unto you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one
toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
13 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.