1:1Paul and Silvanus and Timotheus to the assembly of Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:2Grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3We ought to thank God always for you, brethren, even as it is meet, because your faith increases exceedingly, and the love of each one of you all towards one another abounds;
1:4so that we ourselves make our boast in you in the assemblies of God for your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations, which ye are sustaining;
1:5a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, to the end that ye should be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for the sake of which ye also suffer;
1:6if at least it is a righteous thing with God to render tribulation to those that trouble you,
1:7and to you that are troubled repose with us, at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with the angels of his power,
1:8in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who know not God, and those who do not obey the glad tidings of our Lord Jesus Christ;
1:9who shall pay the penalty of everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his might,
1:10when he shall have come to be glorified in his saints, and wondered at in all that have believed, (for our testimony to you has been believed,) in that day.
1:11To which end we also pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power,
1:12so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and *ye* in him, according to the grace of our God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
2:1Now we beg you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to him,
2:2that ye be not soon shaken in mind, nor troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as if it were by us, as that the day of the Lord is present.
2:3Let not any one deceive you in any manner, because it will not be unless the apostasy have first come, and the man of sin have been revealed, the son of perdition;
2:5Do ye not remember that, being yet with you, I said these things to you?
2:6And now ye know that which restrains, that he should be revealed in his own time.
2:7For the mystery of lawlessness already works; only there is he who restrains now until he be gone,
2:10and in all deceit of unrighteousness to them that perish, because they have not received the love of the truth that they might be saved.
2:12that all might be judged who have not believed the truth, but have found pleasure in unrighteousness.
2:13But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, that God has chosen you from the beginning to salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
2:14whereto he has called you by our glad tidings, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2:15So then, brethren, stand firm, and hold fast the instructions which ye have been taught, whether by word or by our letter.
2:16But our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us, and given us eternal consolation and good hope by grace,
2:17encourage your hearts, and establish you in every good work and word.
3:1For the rest, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also with you;
3:2and that we may be delivered from bad and evil men, for faith is not the portion of all.
3:3But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and keep you from evil.
3:4But we trust in the Lord as to you, that the things which we enjoin, ye both do and will do.
3:5But the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of the Christ.
3:7For ye know yourselves how ye ought to imitate us, because we have not walked disorderly among you;
3:8nor have we eaten bread from any one without cost; but in toil and hardship working night and day not to be chargeable to any one of you:
3:9not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in order to your imitating us.
3:10For also when we were with you we enjoined you this, that if any man does not like to work, neither let him eat.
3:11For we hear that there are some walking among you disorderly, not working at all, but busybodies.
3:12Now such we enjoin and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that working quietly they eat their own bread.
3:13But *ye*, brethren, do not faint in well-doing.
3:14But if any one obey not our word by the letter, mark that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed of himself;
3:15and do not esteem him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
3:16But the Lord of peace himself give you peace continually in every way. The Lord be with you all.
3:17The salutation by the hand of me, Paul, which is the mark in every letter; so I write.
3:18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.