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of the gospel likewise read the epistle from 18 The salutation by the Laodicea.
hand of me Paul. Remember 17 And say to Archippus, my bonds. Grace be with you. Take heed to the ministry Amen. which thou hast received in
Written from Rome to the Colosthe Lord, that thou fulfil it.
sians by Tychicus and Onesimus.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
6 And ye became followers 1 The Thessalonians are given to understand of us, and of the Lord, having
both how mindful of them Paul was at all received the word in much times in thanksgiving, and prayer: 5 and also how well he was persuaded of the truth affliction, with joy of the Holy and sincerity of their faith, and conversion
Ghost: AUL, and Silvanus, and Ti
7 So that ye were ensamples motheus, unto the church
to all that believe in Macedonia of the Thessalonians which is
and Achaia. in God the Father and in the
8 For from you sounded out Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be the word of the Lord not only unto you, and peace, from God in Macedonia and Achaia, but our Father and the Lord Jesus also in every place your faith Christ.
to God-ward is spread abroad; 2 We give thanks to God al
so that we need not to speak ways for you all, making men
any thing. tion of you in our prayers;
9 For they themselves shew 3 Remembering withoutceas
of us what manner of entering ing your work of faith, and la- in we had unto you, and how bour of love, and patience of hope ye turned to God from idols to in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the
serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, from heaven, whom he raised
from the dead, even Jesus, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not un.
which delivered us from the
wrath to come. to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy
CHAPTER II. Ghost, and in much assurance;
1 In what manner the gospel was brought and
preached to the Thessalonians, and in what as ye know what manner of
way also they received it. 18 A reason is men we were among you for
rendered both why he was so long absent from them, and also why he was so desirous to see
of preaching it.
, know our entrance in unto selves among you that believe: you, that it was not in vain: 11 As ye know how we ex
2 But even after that we had horted and comforted and suffered before, and were shame- | charged every one of you, as fully entreated, as ye know, at a father doth his children, Philippi, we were bold in our 12 That ye would walk worGod to speak unto you the gos- thy of God, who hath called pel of God with much conten- you unto his kingdom and tion.
glory. 3 For our exhortation was not 13 For this cause also thank of deceit, nor of uncleanness, we God without ceasing, benor in guile:
cause, when ye received the 4 But as we were allowed of word of God which ye heard God to be put in trust with the of us, ye received it not as the gospel, even so we speak; not word of men, but, as it is in as pleasing men, but God, truth, the word of God, which which trieth our hearts. effectually worketh also in you
5 For neither at any time that believe.
God which in Judea are in
15 Who both killed the Lord 7 But we were gentle among Jesus, and their own prophets, you, even as a nurse cherisheth and have persecuted us; and her children:
they please not God, and are 8 So being affectionately de contrary to all men: sirous of you, we were willing 16 Forbidding us to speak to to have imparted unto you, not the Gentiles that they might the gospel of God only, but be saved, to fill up their sins also our own souls, because ye always: for the wrath is come were dear unto us.
upon them to the uttermost. 9 For ye remember, brethren, 17 But we, brethren, being our labour and travail: for la- taken from you for a short time bouring night and day, because in presence, not in heart, en. we would not be chargeable deavoured the more abundantunto any of you, we preached ly to see your face with great unto you the gospel of God. desire.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God 18 Wherefore we would have also, how holily and justly and come unto you, even I Paul,
Paul's care for
I. THESSALONIANS, the Thessalonians. once and again; but Satan hin- us always, desiring greatly to dered us.
see us, as we also to see you: 19 For what is our hope, or 7 Therefore, brethren, we were joy, or crown of rejoicing ? Are comforted over you in all our not even ye in the presence of affliction and distress by your our Lord Jesus Christ at his faith: coming ?
8 For now we live, if ye stand 20 For ye are our glory and fast in the Lord. joy.
9 For what thanks can we CHAPTER III.
render to God again for you, 1 He testifieth his great love to the Thessalo for all the joy wherewith we to strengthen and comfort them: partly by joy for your sakes before our rejoicing in their well doing : 10 and partly God; by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them.
10 Night and day praying HEREFORE when exceedingly that we might see
could no longer forbear, your face, and might perfect we thought it good to be left that which is lacking in your at Athens alone;
faith? 2 And sent Timotheus, our 11 Now God himself and our brother, and minister of God, Father, and our Lord Jesus and our fellow labourer in the Christ, direct our way unto gospel of Christ, to establish you. you, and to comfort you con- 12 And the Lord make you cerning your faith :
to increase and abound in love 3 That no man should be one toward another, and tomoved by these afflictions: forward all men, even as we do yourselves know that we are
toward you: appointed thereunto.
13 To the end he may sta4 For verily, when we were blish your hearts unblameable with you, we told you before in holiness before God, even that we should suffer tribula- our Father, at the coming of tion; even as it came to pass, our Lord Jesus Christ with all and ye know.
his saints. 5 For this cause, when I
CHAPTER IV. could no longer forbear, I sent
1 He exhorteth them to go forward in all max to know your faith, lest by ner of godliness, 6 to live holily and jusly, some means the tempter have
9 to love one another, 11 and quietly to fol
low their own business: 13 and last of all to tempted you, and our labour sorrow moderately for the dead. 15 And it be in vain.
to this last exhortation is annexed a brief
description of the resurrection, and second 6 But now when Timotheus
coming of Christ to judgment. came from you unto us, and URTHERMORE then we brought us good tidings of beseech you, brethren, and your faith and charity, and that exhort you by the Lord Jesus, ye have good remembrance of l that as ye have received of us
to please God. how ye ought to walk and to 12 That ye may walk hoplease God, so ye would abound nestly toward them that are more and more.
without, and that ye may have 2 For ye know what com- lack of nothing mandments we gave you by 13 But I would not have you the Lord Jesus.
to be ignorant, brethren, con3 For this is the will of God, cerning them which are asleep, even your sanctification, that that ye sorrow not, even as ye should abstain from forni- others which have no hope. cation :
14 For if we believe that Je4 Thatevery one of you should sus died and rose again, even know how to possess his vessel so them also which sleep in in sanctification and honour; Jesus will God bring with him.
5 Not in the lust of concu. 15 For this we say unto you piscence, even as the Gentiles by the word of the Lord, that which know not God:
we which are alive and re6 That no man go beyond main unto the coming of the and defraud his brother in any Lord shall not prevent them matter: because that the Lord which are asleep. is the avenger of all such, as 16 For the Lord himself shall we also have forewarned you descend from heaven with a and testified.
shout, with the voice of the 7 For God hath not called archangel, and with the trump us unto uncleanness, but unto of God: and the dead in Christ holiness.
shall rise first: 8 He therefore that despiseth,
17 Then we which are alive despiseth not man, but God, and remain shall be caught who hath also given unto us up together with them in the his Holy Spirit.
clouds, to meet the Lord in the 9 But as touching brotherly air: and so shall we ever be love ye need not that I write with the Lord. unto you: for ye yourselves are
18 Wherefore comfort one antaught of God to love one an- other with these words. other.
CHAPTER V. 10 And indeed ye do it to
1 He proceedeth in the former description of ward all the brethren which
Christ's coming to judgment, 16 and giveth
divers precepts, 23 and so concludeth the are in all Macedonia: but we
epistle. beseech you, brethren, that ye UT of the times and the increase more and more;
seasons, brethren, ye have 11 And that ye study to be no need that I write unto you. quiet, and to do your own 2 For yourselves know perbusiness, and to work with fectly that the day of the Lord your own hands, as we com- so cometh as a thief in the manded you;
exhortations. 3 For when they shall say, sake. And be at peace among Peace and safety; then sud- yourselves. den destruction cometh upon 14 Now we exhort you, bre. them, as travail upon a woman thren, warn them that are un. with child; and they shall not ruly, comfort the feeblemindescape.
ed, support the weak, be pa4 But ye, brethren, are not in tient toward all men. darkness, that that day should 15 See that none render evil overtake you as a thief. for evil unto any man; but
5 Ye are all the children of ever follow that which is good, light, and the children of the both among yourselves, and to day: we are not of the night, all men. nor of darkness.
16 Rejoice evermore. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, 17 Pray without ceasing. as do others; but let us watch 18 In every thing give thanks: and be sober.
for this is the will of God in 7 For they that sleep sleep | Christ Jesus concerning you. in the night; and they that be 19 Quench not the Spirit. drunken are drunken in the 20 Despise not prophesyings. night.
21 Prove all things; hold fast 8 But let us, who are of the that which is good. day, be sober, putting on the 22 Abstain from all appear. breastplate of faith and love; ance of evil. and for a helmet, the hope of 23 And the very God of salvation.
peace sanctify you wholly; 9 For God hath not appoint- and I pray
whole ed us to wrath, but to obtain spirit and soul and body be salvation by our Lord Jesus preserved blameless unto the Christ,
coming of our Lord Jesus 10 Who died for us, that, Christ. whether we wake or sleep, we 24 Faithful is he that calleth should live together with him. you, who also will do it. 11 Wherefore comfort your
25 Brethren, pray for us. selves together, and edify one 26 Greet all the brethren with another, even as also
do. a holy kiss. 12 And we beseech you, bre-27 charge you by the Lord
, thren, to know them which that this epistle be read unto labour among you, and are all the holy brethren. over you in the Lord, and 28 The grace of our Lord Je
sus Christ be with you. Amen. 13 And to esteem them very
The first epistle unto the Thessalohighly in love for their work's nians was written from Athens.