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1 1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace.

The Thessalonians' Faith and Example

2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly3 calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, 4 knowing, brothers loved by God, how you were chosen.5 For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the holy Spirit and (with) much conviction. You know what sort of people we were (among) you for your sake.
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit, 7 so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and (in) Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.9 For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God10 and to await his Son from heaven, whom he raised from (the) dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.

Paul's Ministry in Thessalonica

2 1 For you yourselves know, brothers, that our reception among you was not without effect.2 Rather, after we had suffered and been insolently treated, as you know, in Philippi, we drew courage through our God to speak to you the gospel of God with much struggle.3 Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives, nor did it work through deception.4 But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please human beings,but rather God, who judges our hearts. 5 Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed-- God is witness-- 6 nor did we seek praise from human beings, either from you or from others,
although we were able to impose our weight as apostles of Christ. Rather, we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children. 8 With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.9 You recall, brothers, our toil and drudgery. Working night and day in order not to burden any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers.11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his children,12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that,in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now atwork in you who believe.14 For you, brothers, have become imitators of the churches of God that are in Judea in Christ Jesus. For you suffer the same things from your compatriots as they did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us; they do not please God, and are opposed to everyone, 16 trying to prevent us from speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved, thus constantly filling up the measure of their sins. But the wrath of God has finally begun to come upon them.

Paul's Desire to Visit the Thessalonians Again

17 Brothers, when we were bereft of you for a short time, in person, not in heart, we were all the more eager in our great desire to see you in person.18 We decided to go to you-- I, Paul, not only once but more than once-- yet Satan thwarted us.19 For what is our hope or joy or crown to boast of in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming if not you yourselves?20 For you are our glory and joy.

3 1 That is why, when we could bear it no longer, we decided to remain alone in Athens2 and sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker for God in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,3 so that no one be disturbed in these afflictions. For you yourselves know that we are destined for this. 4 For even when we were among you, we used to warn you in advance that we would undergo affliction, just as has happened, as you know.5 For this reason, when I too could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had put you to the test and our toil might come to nothing.

Timothy's Encouraging Report

6 But just now Timothy has returned to us from you, bringing us the good news of your faith and love, and that you always think kindly of us and long to see us as we long to see you.7 Because of this, we have been reassured about you, brothers, in our every distress and affliction, through your faith.8 For we now live, if you stand firm in the Lord.9 What thanksgiving, then, can we render to God for you, for all the joy we feel on your account before our God? 10 Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person and to remedy the deficiencies of your faith.
Now may God himself, our Father, and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you,12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you,13 so as to strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. (Amen.) 5

A Life Pleasing to God

4 1 Finally, brothers, we earnestly ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus that, as you received from us how you should conduct yourselves to please God-- and as you are conducting yourselves-- youdo so even more.2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality, 4 that each of you know how to acquire a wife for himself in holiness and honor,5 not in lustful passion as do the Gentiles who do not know God;6 not to take advantage of or exploit a brother in this matter, forthe Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you before and solemnly affirmed.7 For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness.8 Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who (also) gives his holy Spirit to you.
On the subject of mutual charity you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love oneanother.10 Indeed, you do this for all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Nevertheless we urge you, brothers, to progress even more,
and to aspire to live a tranquil life, to mind your own affairs,and to work with your (own) hands, as we instructed you,12 that you may conduct yourselves properly toward outsiders and not depend on anyone.

The Coming of the Lord

13 We do not want you to be unaware, brothers, about those who have fallen asleep, so that you may not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God,through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.15 Indeed, we tell you this, on the word of the Lord, that we who arealive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will surely not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself, with a word of command, with the voice of anarchangel and with the trumpet of God, will come down from heaven,and the dead in Christ will rise first.17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, console one another with these words.

5 1 Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you.2 For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night.3 When people are saying, "Peace and security," then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman,and they will not escape.4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief.5 For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober.7 Those who sleep go to sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night.8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation.9 For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.

Final Exhortations, Greetings, and Benediction

12 We ask you, brothers, to respect those who are laboring among you and who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you,13 and to show esteem for them with special love on account of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all.15 See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good (both) for each other and for all.
Rejoice always.17 Pray without ceasing.18 In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophetic utterances.21 Test everything; retain what is good.22 Refrain from every kind of evil.
May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless forthe coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.25 Brothers, pray for us (too).
Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all thebrothers.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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