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¶ Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, unto the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of the Thessalonians in God our Father and in our Lord Jesus Christ:

Grace unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We must thank God always for you, brethren, as is due because your faith grows exceedingly, and the charity of each and every one of you toward each other abounds,

so that we ourselves glory in you in the congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure and

¶ in testimony of the just judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer,

seeing it is a just thing with God to recompense tribulation to those that trouble you

and to give you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with the angels of his power,

with flaming fire, to take vengeance on those that do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who shall be punished with eternal destruction by the presence of the Lord and by the glory of his power,

10 when he shall come to be glorified in his saints and to be admired in all those that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 ¶ Therefore in this manner we pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of his calling and fill each will with goodness and the work of faith with power

12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be clarified in you, and ye in him, by the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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