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1 Thessalonians

Greetings from Paul, Silas and Timothy

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Greetings from Paul, Silas and Timothy
(2 Thessalonians 1:1-2; Philemon 1:1-3)
1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians [which is] 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.
2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3Remembering
without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus
Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5For
our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much
assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6And ye became
followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy
Ghost: 7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8For from you
sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your
faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9For they themselves
shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to
serve the living and true God; 10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the
dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
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Paul's Ministry
1For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2But even after
that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold
in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3For our exhortation [was]
not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust
with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5For
neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God [is]
witness: 6Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor [yet] of others, when we might have
been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse
cherisheth her children: 8So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted
unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would
not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10Ye [are] witnesses,
and God [also], how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that
believe: 11As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father
[doth] his children, 12That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom
and glory.
13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God
which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of
God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 14For ye, brethren, became followers of
the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of
your own countrymen, even as they [have] of the Jews: 15Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and
their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:
16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for
the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
Paul's Longing to Visit
(Romans 1:8-15)
17But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured
the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18Wherefore we would have come unto
you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19For what [is] our hope, or joy, or
crown of rejoicing? [Are] not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 20For
ye are our glory and joy.
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Timothy's Visit
1Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 2And
sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to
establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3That no man should be moved by these
afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 4For verily, when we were with
you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the
tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
Timothy's Encouraging Report
6But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and
charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also
[to see] you: 7Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by
your faith: 8For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 9For what thanks can we render to God
again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10Night and day
praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your
11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12And the
Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all [men], even as
we [do] toward you: 13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before
God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
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Live to Please God
1Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have
received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more.
2For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God,
[even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4That every one of you should
know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5Not in the lust of concupiscence,
even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in
[any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you
and testified. 7For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8He therefore that
despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of
God to love one another. 10And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia:
but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11And that ye study to be quiet,
and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12That ye
may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.
The Return of the Lord
13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye
sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15For this we say unto you by the
word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not
prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to
meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another
with these words.
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The Day of the Lord
(Zephaniah 1:7-18; 2 Peter 3:10-13)
1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For
yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when
they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a
woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day
should overtake you as a thief. 5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are
not of the night, nor of darkness. 6Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and
be sober. 7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the
night. 8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and
for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain
salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should
live together with him. 11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as
also ye do.
Christian Living
12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the
Lord, and admonish you; 13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. [And] be
at peace among yourselves. 14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort
the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men]. 15See that none render evil for
evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].
16Rejoice evermore. 17Pray without ceasing. 18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19Quench not the Spirit. 20Despise not prophesyings. 21Prove all
things; hold fast that which is good. 22Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Final Blessings
23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and
body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24Faithful [is] he that
calleth you, who also will do [it].
25Brethren, pray for us.
26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 27I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto
all the holy brethren.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen.