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Paul's joy for 1. Thessalonians. their conversion,
17 And say to Archippus, bonds. Grace be with you. ATake heed to the ministry which men. thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
Written from Rome to the 18 The salutation by the hand Colossians by Tychicus and of me Paul. Remember my
T THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE,
TO THE THESSALONIANS.
in every place your faith to GodHis joy for their conversion. ward is spread abroad; so that AUL, and Silvanus, and Ti- we need not to speak any thing.
motheus, unto the church of 9 For they themselves shew of the Thessalonians, which is in us what manner of entering in we God the Father, and in the Lord had unto you, and how ye turned Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, to God from idols, to serve the and peace, from God our Father, living and true God. and the Lord Jesus Christ.
10 And to wait for his Son 2 We give thanks to God al- from heaven, whom he raised ways for you all, making mention from the dead, even Jesus, which of you in our prayers;
delivered us from the wrath to 3 Remembering without ceas-come. ing your work of faith, and labour
CHAP. II. of love, and patience of hope, in How they received the gospel. our Lord Jesus Christ, in the TOR yourselves, brethren, sight of God and our Father;
know our entrance in unto 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, you,
that it was not in vain : your election of God.
2 But even after that we had 5 For our gospel came not un- suffered before, and were shameto you in word only, but also in fully entreated, as ye know, at power, and in the Holy Ghost, Philippi, we were bold in our and in much assurance; as ye God to speak unto you the
gosknow what manner of men we pel of God with much contention. were among you for your sake. 3 For our exhortation was not
6 And ye became followers of of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor. us, and of the Lord, having re-in guile ; ceived the word in much afflicti- 4 But as we were allowed of on, with joy of the Holy Ghost: God to be put in trust with the
7 So that ye were ensamples to gospel, even so we speak, not as all that believe in Macedonia and pleasing men, but God which Achaia.
trieth our hearts. 8 For from you sounded out! 5 For neither at any time used the word of the Lord, not only in we flattering words, as ye know, Dacedonia and Achaia, but also nor a cloak of covetousness: God Paul's love in
sending Timothy. is witness.
15 Who both killed the Lord 6 Nor of men sought we glory, Jesus and their own prophets, and neither of you, nor yet of others, have persecuted us; and they when we might have been burden- please not God, and are contrary some, as the apostles of Christ. to all men;
7 But we were gentle among 16 Forbidding us to speak to you, even as a nurse cherisheth the Gentiles, that they might be her children:
saved, to fill up their sins alway: 8 So, being affectionately desi- for the wrath is come upon them rous of you we were willing to to the uttermost. have imparted unto you, not the 17 But we, brethren, being tagospel of God only, but also our ken from you for a short time in own souls, because ye were dear presence, not in heart, endeaunto us.
voured the more abundantly to 9 For ye remember, brethren, see your face with great desire. our labour and travail: for la- 13 Wherefore we would have bouring night and day, because come unto you (even I Paul) we would not be chargeable unto once and again, but Satan hinderany of you, we preached unto you ed us. the gospel of God.
19 For what is our hope, or 10 Ye are witnesses, and God joy, or crown of rejoicing ? are also, how holily, and justly, and not even ye in the presence of unblameably, we behaved our our Lord Jesus Christ at his selves among you that believe: coming ?
11 As ye know, how we ex- 20 For ye are our glory and horted, and comfortect, and charg-joy. ed every one of you, (as a father
CHAP. III. doth his children,)
His love in sending them Timothy. 12 That
HEREFORE, when we of God, who hath called you unto could no longer forbear, his kingdom and glory.
we thought it good to be left at 13 For this cause also thank Athens alone, we God without ceasing, because, 2 And sent Timotheus our browhen ye received the word of ther, and minister of God, and God, which ye heard of us, ye our fellow-labourer in the gospel received it, not as the word of of Christ, to establish you, and men, but (as it is in truth) the to comfort you concerning your word of God, which effectually faith; worketh also in you that believe. 3 That no man should be mo
14 For ye, brethren, became ved by these afflictions: for yourfollowers of the churches of God selves know that we are appointed which in Judea are in Christ Je-thereunto. sus: for ye also have suffered 4 For verily, when we were like things of your own country with you, we told you before men, even as they have of the that we should suffer tribulation, Jews;
even as it came to pass, and ye He exhorteth them I. Thessalonians. to go on in godliness. know.
that as ye have received of us how 5 For this cause, when I could ye ought to walk, and to please no longer forbear, I sent to know God, so ye would abound more your faith, lest by some means and more. the tempter have tempted you, 2 For ye know what commandand our labour be in vain. ments we gave you by the Lord
6 But now, when Timotheus Jesus. came from you unto us, and 3 For this is the will of God, brought us 'good tidings of your even your sanctification, that ye faith and charity, and that ye have should abstain from fornication: good remembrance of us always, 4 That everyone of you should desiring greatly to see us, as we know how to possess his vessel in also to see you;
sanctification and honour; 7 Therefore, brethren, we were 5 Not in the lust of concupi. comforted over you in all our af-scence, even as the Gentiles which fiction and distress by your know not God: faith;
6 That no man go beyond and 8 For now we live, if ye stand defraud his brother in any matfast in the Lord.
ter; because that the Lord is the 9 For what thanks can we ren-avenger of all such, as we also der to God again for you, for all have forewarned you, and testifithe joy wherewith we joy for your ed. sakes before our God;
7 For God hath not called us 10 Night and day praying ex-unto uncleanness, but unto holiceedingly that we might see your ness. face, and might perfečt that which 8 He, therefore, that despiseth, is lacking in your faith? despiseth not man, but God,
11 Now God himself, and our who hath also given unto us his Father, and our Lord Jesus holy Spirit. Christ, direct our way unto 9 But as touching brotherly you.
love, ye need not that I write unto 12 And the Lord make you to you; for ye yourselves are taught increase and abound in love one of God to love one another. toward another, and toward all 10 And indeed ye do it toward men, even as we do toward you; all the brethren which are in all
13 To the end he may stablish Macedonia: but we beseech you, your hearts unblameable in holi- brethren, that ye increase more ness before God, even our Fa- and more; ther, at the coming of our Lord 11 And that ye study to be Jesus Christ with all his saints. quiet, and to do your own busiCHAP. IV.
ness, and to work with your own He exhorteth them to go on in god- hands, as we commanded you : liness.
12 That ye may walk honestly URTHERMORE then, we toward them that are without,
beseech you, brethren, and and that ye may have lack of noexhort you by the Lord Jesus, thing.
second coming. 13 But I would not have you vertake you as a thief. to be ignorant, brethren, concern- 5 Ye are all the children of ing them which are asleep, thatslight, and the children of the day: ye sorrow not, even as others we are not of the night, nor of which have no hope.
darkness. 14 For if we believe that Jesus 6 Therefore, let us not sleep died, and rose again, even so as do others; but let us watch and them also which sleep in Jesus be sober. will God bring with him.
7 For they that sleep, sleep in 15 For this we say unto you the night; and they that be by the word of the Lord, that drunken, are drunken in the we which are alive, and remain night. unto the coming of the Lord, 8 But let us who are of the day, shall not prevent them which aretbe sober, putting on the breastasleep.
Iplate of faith and love; and for 16 For the Lord himself shallan helmet the hope of salvation : descend from heaven with a sho 9 For God hath not appointed with the voice of the archangel, us to wrath, but to obtain salvaand with the trump of God: and tion by our Lord Jesus Christ, the dead in Christ shall rise first. 10 Who died for us, that whe
17 Then we, which are alive ther we wake or sleep, we should and remain, shall be caught up live together with him. together with them in the clouds, 11 Wherefore, comfort yourto meet the Lord in the air: and selves together, and edify one SO shall we ever be with the another, even as also ye do. Lord.
12 And we beseech you, bre18 Wherefore, comfort one thren, to know them which laanother with these words. bour among you, and are over CHAP. V.
you in the Lord, and admonish Description of Christ's second com-you; ing:
13 And to esteem them very UT of the times and the sea- highly in love for their works sons, brethren, ye have no sake.
And be at peace among need that I write unto you: yourselves.
2 For yourselves know perfect-I, 14 Now we exhort you, brely, that the day of the Lord so thren, warn them that are unruly, cometh as a thief in the night. comfort the feeble-minded, sup
3 For when they shall say, port the weak, be patient toward Peace and safety, then sudden all men. destruction cometh upon them, 15 See that none render evil as travail upon a woman with for evil unto any man; but ever child; and they shall not escape, follow that which is good, both
4 But ye, brethren, are not in among yourseWes and to all darkness, that that day should o- men.
Paul comfortcththem II. Thessalonians. against persccution. 16 Rejoice evermore.
Christ. 17 Pray without ceasing: 24 Faithful is he that calleth
18 In every thing give thanks; you, who also will do it. for this is the will of God in 25 Brethren, pray for us. Christ Jesus concerning you. 26 Greet all the brethren with
19 Quench not the Spirit. an holy kiss. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 27 I charge you by the Lord,
21 Prove all things: hold fast that this epistle be read unto all that which is good.
the holy brethren. 22 Abstain from all appearance 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus of evil.
Christ be with you. Amen. 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray 1 The first epistle unto the God, your whole spirit, and soul, Thessalonians was written and body, be preserved blameless from Athens. unto the coming of our Lord Jesus
I THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE,
TO THE THESSALONIANS.
15 Which is a manifest token of He comforts them against persecu- the righteous judgment of God, tion.
that ye may be counted worthy of AUL, and Silvanus, and Ti- the kingdom of God, for which
motheus, unto the church of ye also suffer: the Thessalonians in God our 6 Seeing it is a righteous thing Father, and the Lord Jesus with God to recompense tribulaChrist:
tion to them that trouble you. 2 Grace unto you, and peace, 7 And to you who are troubled, from God our Father, and the rest with us, when the Lord JeLord Jesus Christ.
sus shall be revealed from heaven 3 We are bound to thank God with his mighty angels, always for you, brethren, as it is 8 In flaming fire, taking venmeet, because that your faith geance on them that know not groweth exceedingly, and the God, and that obey not the goscharity of every one of you all pel of our Lord Jesus Christ; toward each other aboundeth: 9 Who shall be punished with
4 So that we ourselves glory everlasting destruction írom the in you in the churches of God, presence of the Lord, and from for your patience and faith in all the glory of his power; your persecutions and tribulati- 10 When he shall come to be ons that ye endure;
Iglorified in his saints, and to be