1 ¶ Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the congregation[a] of the Thessalonians congregated 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 the work of your faith and labour and charity and of waiting with the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,
4 being certain, beloved brethren, that you are chosen of God.
5 For our gospel did not come unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and in full assurance as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6 ¶ And ye were made imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word with much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Spirit:
7 So that ye have become examples to all that have believed in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 For through you the word of the Lord has been divulged not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith, which is in God, has become extended, so that we have no need to say anything.
9 For they themselves tell of us what an entrance we had unto you and in what manner ye were converted to God from idols to serve the living and true God
10 and to wait for his Son from the heavens, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come.
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