1: Paul, Silva'nus, and Timothy, To the church of
the Thessalo'nians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3: We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as is
fitting, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of
you for one another is increasing.
4: Therefore we ourselves boast of
you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your
persecutions and in the afflictions which you are enduring.
is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the
kingdom of God, for which you are suffering --
6: since indeed God
deems it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you,
to grant rest with us to you who are afflicted, when the Lord Jesus is revealed
from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire,
vengeance upon those who do not know God and upon those who do not obey the
gospel of our Lord Jesus.
9: They shall suffer the punishment of
eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the
glory of his might,
10: when he comes on that day to be glorified in
his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed, because our
testimony to you was believed.
11: To this end we always pray for
you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfil every good
resolve and work of faith by his power,
12: so that the name of our
Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of
our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1: Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ and our assembling to meet him, we beg you, brethren,
to be quickly shaken in mind or excited, either by spirit or by word, or by
letter purporting to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has
3: Let no one deceive you in any way; for that day will not
come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed,
the son of perdition,
4: who opposes and exalts himself against every
so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of
God, proclaiming himself to be God.
5: Do you not remember that when
I was still with you I told you this?
6: And you know what is
restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will
do so until he is out of the way.
8: And then the lawless one will be
revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and
destroy him by his appearing and his coming.
9: The coming of the
lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended
signs and wonders,
10: and with all wicked deception for those who
are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11: Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them
believe what is false,
12: so that all may be condemned who did not
believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13: But we are
bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord,
because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by
the Spirit and belief in the truth.
14: To this he called you through
our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15: So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which
you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.
may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us
eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
17: comfort your hearts
and establish them in every good work and word.
1: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of
the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you,
2: and that
we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not all have faith.
3: But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you
4: And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you
are doing and will do the things which we command.
5: May the Lord
direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.
6: Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in
accord with the tradition that you received from us.
7: For you
yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with
8: we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil
and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you.
9: It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our
conduct an example to imitate.
10: For even when we were with you, we
gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat.
For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing
12: Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord
Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living.
13: Brethren, do not be weary in well-doing.
14: If any
one refuses to obey what we say in this letter, note that man, and have nothing
to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
15: Do not look on him as an
enemy, but warn him as a brother.
16: Now may the Lord of peace
himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
17: I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark
in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
18: The grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.