Giving Thanks for These Believers

(A)Paul, (B)Silvanus, and (C)Timothy,

To the (D)church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: (E)Grace to you and peace.

(F)We always give thanks to God for all of you, (G)making mention of you in our prayers; constantly keeping in mind your (H)work of faith and labor of (I)love and [a](J)perseverance of hope [b]in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of (K)our God and Father, knowing, (L)brothers and sisters, beloved by God, (M)His choice of you; for our (N)gospel did not come to you in word only, but also (O)in power and in the Holy Spirit and with (P)full conviction; just as you know (Q)what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sakes. You also became (R)imitators of us and of the Lord, (S)having received (T)the word during great affliction with the (U)joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in (V)Macedonia and (W)Achaia. For (X)the word of the Lord has (Y)sounded forth from you, not only in (Z)Macedonia and (AA)Achaia, but (AB)in every place the news of your faith toward God has gone out, so that we have no need to say anything. For they themselves report about us [c]as to the kind of (AC)reception we had with you, and how you (AD)turned to God (AE)from [d]idols to serve [e](AF)a living and true God, 10 and to (AG)wait for His Son from [f]heaven, whom He (AH)raised from the dead, that is, Jesus who (AI)rescues us from (AJ)the wrath to come.

Paul’s Ministry

For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our [g](AK)reception among you (AL)was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been (AM)treated abusively in (AN)Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God (AO)to speak to you the (AP)gospel of God [h]amid much [i](AQ)opposition. For our (AR)exhortation does not come from (AS)error or (AT)impurity or [j]by way of (AU)deceit; (AV)but just as we have been approved by God to be (AW)entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, (AX)not intending to please people, but to please God, who [k](AY)examines our hearts. For we never came [l]with flattering speech, as you know, nor with (AZ)a pretext [m]for greed—(BA)God is our witness— nor did we (BB)seek honor from people, either from you or from others, though [n]we could have [o]asserted our authority as (BC)apostles of Christ. But we [p]proved to be [q](BD)gentle [r]among you. (BE)As a nursing mother [s]tenderly cares for her own children, in the same way we had a fond affection for you and were delighted to (BF)share with you not only the (BG)gospel of God, but also our own [t]lives, because you had become [u]very dear to us.

For you recall, brothers and sisters, our (BH)labor and hardship: it was by (BI)working night and day so as not to be a (BJ)burden to any of you, that we proclaimed to you the (BK)gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is (BL)God, of (BM)how devoutly and rightly and blamelessly we [v]behaved toward you [w]believers; 11 just as you know how we were (BN)exhorting and encouraging and (BO)imploring each one of you as (BP)a father would his own children, 12 so that you would (BQ)walk in a manner worthy of the God who (BR)calls you into His own kingdom and (BS)glory.

13 For this reason we also constantly (BT)thank God that when you received the (BU)word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it (BV)not as the word of mere men, but as what it really is, the word of God, (BW)which also is at work in you who believe. 14 For you, brothers and sisters, became (BX)imitators of (BY)the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are (BZ)in Judea, for (CA)you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, (CB)even as they did from the Jews, 15 (CC)who both killed the Lord Jesus and (CD)the prophets, and [x]drove us out. [y]They are not pleasing to God, [z]but hostile to all people, 16 (CE)hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles (CF)so that they may be saved; with the result that they always [aa](CG)reach the limit of their sins. But (CH)wrath has come upon them [ab]fully.

17 But we, brothers and sisters, having been orphaned from you by absence for a [ac]short while—(CI)in [ad]person, not in [ae]spirit—were all the more eager with great desire (CJ)to see your face. 18 [af]For (CK)we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, [ag](CL)more than once—and (CM)Satan (CN)hindered us. 19 For who is our hope, or (CO)joy or crown of pride, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His [ah](CP)coming? Or is it not indeed you? 20 For you are (CQ)our glory and joy.

Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit

Therefore, (CR)when we could no longer endure it, we thought it best to be left behind, alone at (CS)Athens, and we sent (CT)Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you for the benefit of your faith, so that no one would be [ai]disturbed by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that (CU)we have been destined for this. For even when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; [aj](CV)and so it happened, [ak]as you know. For this reason, (CW)when I could no longer endure it, I also (CX)sent to [al]find out about your faith, for fear that (CY)the tempter might have tempted you, and (CZ)our labor would be for nothing.

But now that (DA)Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of (DB)your faith and love, and that you always (DC)think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, for this reason, brothers and sisters, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; for now we really live, if you (DD)stand firm in the Lord. For (DE)what thanks can we give to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice because of you before our God, 10 as we (DF)keep praying most earnestly night and day that we may (DG)see your faces, and may (DH)complete what is lacking in your faith?

11 (DI)Now may (DJ)our God and Father (DK)Himself, and our Lord Jesus, (DL)direct our way to you; 12 and may the Lord cause you to increase and (DM)overflow in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13 so that He may (DN)establish your hearts (DO)blameless in holiness before (DP)our God and Father at the [am](DQ)coming of our Lord Jesus (DR)with all His [an]saints.

Sanctification and Love

(DS)Finally then, (DT)brothers and sisters, we request and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received instruction from us as to how you ought to [ao](DU)walk and (DV)please God (just as you actually do [ap]walk), that you (DW)excel even more. For you know what instructions we gave you [aq]by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you (DX)abstain from sexual immorality; that (DY)each of you know how to [ar]possess his own [as](DZ)vessel in sanctification and (EA)honor, not in [at](EB)lustful passion, like the Gentiles who (EC)do not know God; and that no one violate the rights and (ED)take advantage of his brother or sister (EE)in the matter, because (EF)the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also (EG)told you previously and solemnly warned you. For (EH)God has not called us for [au](EI)impurity, but in sanctification. Therefore, the one who rejects this is not rejecting man, but the God who (EJ)gives His Holy Spirit to you.

Now as to the (EK)love of the brothers and sisters, you (EL)have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are (EM)taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed (EN)you practice it toward all the brothers and sisters who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers and sisters, to (EO)excel even more, 11 and to make it your ambition (EP)to lead a quiet life and (EQ)attend to your own business and (ER)work with your hands, just as we instructed you, 12 so that you will [av](ES)behave properly toward (ET)outsiders and [aw](EU)not be in any need.

Those Who Died in Christ

13 But (EV)we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who [ax](EW)are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed (EX)the rest of mankind do, who have (EY)no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, (EZ)so also God will bring with Him (FA)those who have fallen asleep [ay]through Jesus. 15 For we say this to you (FB)by the word of the Lord, that (FC)we who are alive [az]and remain until (FD)the coming of the Lord will not precede (FE)those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord (FF)Himself (FG)will descend from heaven with a [ba](FH)shout, with the voice of (FI)the archangel and with the (FJ)trumpet of God, and (FK)the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then (FL)we who are alive, who remain, will be (FM)caught up together with them (FN)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always (FO)be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, [bb]comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

Now as to the (FP)periods and [bc]times, brothers and sisters, you (FQ)have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that (FR)the day of the Lord is coming (FS)just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “(FT)Peace and safety!” then (FU)sudden destruction [bd]will come upon them like (FV)labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in (FW)darkness, so that the day would overtake you [be](FX)like a thief; for you are all (FY)sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of (FZ)darkness; so then, let’s not (GA)sleep as [bf](GB)others do, but let’s be alert and [bg](GC)sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, (GD)get drunk at night. But since (GE)we are of the day, let’s (GF)be [bh]sober, having put on the (GG)breastplate of (GH)faith and love, and as a (GI)helmet, the (GJ)hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for (GK)wrath, but for (GL)obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (GM)who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore, [bi]encourage one another and (GN)build one another up, just as you also are doing.

Christian Conduct

12 But we ask you, brothers and sisters, to (GO)recognize those (GP)who diligently labor among you and [bj](GQ)are in leadership over you in the Lord, and give you [bk]instruction, 13 and that you regard them very highly in love because of their work. (GR)Live in peace with one another. 14 We urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish (GS)the [bl]unruly, encourage (GT)the fainthearted, help (GU)the weak, be (GV)patient with everyone. 15 See that (GW)no one repays another with evil for evil, but always (GX)seek what is good for one another and for all people. 16 (GY)Rejoice always, 17 (GZ)pray without ceasing, 18 in everything (HA)give thanks; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 (HB)Do not quench the Spirit, 20 do not utterly reject [bm](HC)prophecies, 21 but (HD)examine everything; (HE)hold firmly to that which is good, 22 abstain from every [bn]form of evil.

23 Now (HF)may the God of peace (HG)Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your (HH)spirit and soul and body be kept complete, (HI)without blame at (HJ)the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 (HK)Faithful is He who (HL)calls you, and He also will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, (HM)pray for us[bo].

26 (HN)Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 27 I put you under oath by the Lord to (HO)have this letter read to all the (HP)brothers and sisters.

28 (HQ)May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


  1. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Or steadfastness
  2. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Lit of
  3. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Lit what kind of
  4. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Or the idols
  5. 1 Thessalonians 1:9 Or the
  6. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 Lit the heavens
  7. 1 Thessalonians 2:1 Or coming to you
  8. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 Or during
  9. 1 Thessalonians 2:2 Or struggle; or conflict
  10. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 Lit in deceit
  11. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 Or approves
  12. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Lit in a word of flattery
  13. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 I.e., to conceal greed
  14. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Lit being able to
  15. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Or been burdensome as
  16. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Or became gentle
  17. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Three early mss infants
  18. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Lit in the midst of you
  19. 1 Thessalonians 2:7 Or cherishes
  20. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Or souls
  21. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 Lit beloved
  22. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Lit became
  23. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 Or who believe
  24. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Or persecuted us
  25. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Lit and
  26. 1 Thessalonians 2:15 Lit and
  27. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Lit complete their
  28. 1 Thessalonians 2:16 Or forever; lit to the end
  29. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Lit occasion of an hour
  30. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Lit face
  31. 1 Thessalonians 2:17 Lit heart
  32. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Or Because
  33. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Lit both once and twice
  34. 1 Thessalonians 2:19 Or presence
  35. 1 Thessalonians 3:3 Or deceived
  36. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 Lit just as
  37. 1 Thessalonians 3:4 Lit and
  38. 1 Thessalonians 3:5 Or to know, to ascertain
  39. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 Or presence
  40. 1 Thessalonians 3:13 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people
  41. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Or conduct yourselves
  42. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Or conduct yourselves
  43. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 Lit through the Lord
  44. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or acquire
  45. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 I.e., body; or wife
  46. 1 Thessalonians 4:5 Lit passion of lust
  47. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 I.e., moral corruption
  48. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Lit walk
  49. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Lit have need of nothing
  50. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 I.e., have died
  51. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 I.e., as believers
  52. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Lit who
  53. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or cry of command
  54. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Or encourage
  55. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 I.e., the end times
  56. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Lit is coming
  57. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 One early ms like thieves
  58. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Lit the rest (of mankind)
  59. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Or self-controlled
  60. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Or self-controlled
  61. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or comfort
  62. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or care for you
  63. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or admonition
  64. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or undisciplined
  65. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Or prophetic gifts
  66. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Or appearance
  67. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Two early mss add also

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