1 Thessalonians

Chapter 1

1 Paul and silvanus and timothy to the church of the thessalonians, in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, grace unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 We give thanks unto God at all times for each of you, making mention of you in our prayers constantly. 3 Remembering the works of your faith accordingly and the labors of love, as well as, the perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ before God and our forefathers. 4 Knowing that the brotherhood delights under the authority of God, the chosen, each of you. 5 Because the gospel of our God came not unto you by word only, but also in power accompanied by the Holy Spirit and conviction, just as you learned took place in your midst. 6 And all of you became followers of us and the Lord, welcoming the Word in the midst of great tribulation, together with the joy of the Holy Spirit. 7 So that you became mentors in all respects unto those who believe among the macedonians and among the achaeans. 8 For from you resounded forth the word of the Lord, not only among the macedonians and among the achaeans but rather, all the districts, through your faithfulness in the direction of the Lords calling, so that we have no need to say anymore. 9 For they themselves proclaim the manner of impact we had upon all of you and how you turned the people to God, away from idols to serve the living God and the Truth. 10 And to await His Son from the heavens, who He rose from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath that is to come. 

Chapter 2

1 For they remember brothers, our impact upon all of you, which did not take place in vain. 2 But previously we suffered and had been mistreated, just as you know, in philippi, we spoke boldly about God proclaiming unto you the gospel of God in the midst of great conflict. 3 For our exhortations were not of deceit, nor of religious impurity nor of treachery. 4 But rather as approved by God, entrusting the gospel to be spoken not as mankind, to please, but of God, who tests every mans own heart. 5 Indeed never at any time did speaking flatteries take place, just as you know, nor masked greed as God is our witness. 6 Never did we seek glory from mankind, nor of you, only those in heaven. 7 Prevailing with authority to become with all speed, Christs apostles, indeed bringing forth children in our midst, like nursing mothers cherishing their own children. 8 In this same manner we affectionately desire each of you, well pleased to impart unto you not only the gospel of God but also, our own lives, because He who loves us came into existence. 

9 For you recall brothers our labor and the hardships: working night and day as to not burden any of you, while we publicly proclaimed the gospel of God unto all of you. 10 You are witnesses, accompanied by God, in how devout and righteous and exemplary all of you are, those who believe He came. 11 Just as you know, how we charge every one of you to love like a father, his own children. 12 Urging and encouraging along with testifying unto each of you, in the direction of living in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory. 

13 And because of this we also thank God constantly, since upon receiving the teachings of God from us, you accepted them, not the words of mankind, but according to the truth, the living word of God, who also works within all of us who believe. 14* For all of you followers, produce brethren of the churches of God, not accepting the teachings of mankind, instead according to the manner of the living word of God, Who is also at work among all those who believe: for you follow to become the brotherhood of the church of God. To those who live among the people of judea in Christ Jesus, seeing that your people continue to endure suffering by your own countrymen in the same manner they suffered by the jews. 15* Who murdered both the Lord and the prophets and persecute us, because we glorify only God, unwilling to be found acceptable by the views of mankind. 16 Forbidding us to speak to the gentiles in order that they may be saved, so that He may come and occupy the void of their sins for all time. Therefore upon them is eternal wrath. 

17 But we brothers, having been separated away from you for a short time (in person, not in heart) are all the more eager to see your faces in all earnestness. 18 Wherefore though wishing to come to you, in truth, even i paul, yet again and again, satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope or joy or crown of glory? if not certainly all of you, before our Lord Jesus at His coming. 20 For all of you are our glory and our joy.

Chapter 3  

1* Wherefore no longer concealed, we thought it best to leave athens alone. 2 And sent timothy, our brother and fellow servant of God, equipped with the gospel of Christ unto your people, to strengthen and preach on behalf of all of you, the faithful. 3 So that no one is shaken by these tribulations, for all of you know that by these things the foundation is laid. 4 For even while among you, we forewarned you that inevitably, we suffer oppression inasmuch as took place, as you remember. 5 Because of this, i also could no longer stand it, i sent to learn of your faithfulness, lest perhaps you are tempted by the tempter, once again into foolishness, ruining our labor. 6 But now timothy came to us from you and brought us good news of your faithfulness and your love and that you have remembered our kindnesses always and desire eagerly to see us, just as we also each of you. 

7 On account of this, the people exhort the brotherhood in your presence, upon which all these things were necessary, as well as, our persecution, for the sake of our faith. 8 For now you will live, if you stand fast in the Lord Jesus. 9 For what act of thanks can we render unto the Lord concerning you? in return for all of this joy and cheer, on account of all of you before our Lord. 10* Night and day we pray abundantly for those who observe all of you, as well as, reconciling the people who lack our faith. 11 Now He Himself, God our Father and our Lord Jesus have made the path clear to you. 12 And may the Lord make all of you abundant and overflowing in love towards one another and toward all people, just as our love unto all of you. 13 So that He establishes your hearts, faultless in holiness, in the presence of our God and Father, at the arrival of our Lord Jesus, accompanied by all His saints, amen.

Chapter 4

1 Finally brothers, we ask and encourage all of you in the Lord Jesus, so that just as you received from us, all of you should indeed live in a manner pleasing to God and conduct yourselves, so that you overflow in abundance. 2 For you know which commandments were added unto all of you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the sovereign will of God, Who sanctifies us, Who forbids you from unrighteousness. 4 That each of you is to learn what being a vessel is, to maintain1 inner sanctification and inner value.

1. the original word in ancient Greek can also be translated as "to bring the mind into a certain state of being"

5 Not in lustful impulses, as with the gentiles who do not know God. 6 So that no one sins by taking advantage of His brother in anyway, because the Lord is an avenger above all men just as we have forewarned you and bear witness to. 7 For God did not call us to religious depravity but rather, to sanctification. 8* Therefore those who reject not mankind, rejects also God, who indeed bestows His Spirit unto the saints, all of you. 

9 Now in regards to the love of the brotherhood, i have no need unto write you: for all of you are taught by God to live within a love of one another. 10 And indeed you have brought it forth to all your brethren throughout all of macedonia, but we implore you brothers to abound all the more. 11* Together striving eagerly, holding to peace and being successful in your own business as you cultivate the proper purposes, everyone of you, just as commanded. 12 So that you lead a life becoming to the outsiders and have need of nothing. 

13 Because of this we do not want you to be ignorant brothers, in regards to those who are asleep, so that you are not sorrowful in the same manner as the outsiders, those who do not have the hope. 14 For if you truly believe Jesus died and rose again, in this same manner also, God will lead those who sleep through Jesus, unto Him. 15* Because of this we say to all of you within the word of the Lord, that we who live, who remain in the presence of the Lord, shall not stand alongside those who sleep. 16 For the Lord Himself in a loud voice will command the archangels and with a trumpet blast, God will descend from heaven and the dead in Christ will be raised unto the first. 17 And we the living, who remain at that time will be carried upon the clouds, to meet the Lord in heaven and dwell with the Lord for all time. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Chapter 5

1 But concerning the times and the hour, brothers i have no need to write unto you 2 For you know full well, that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night, this is how it will come to pass. 3* So when they preach "unity and certainty" then suddenly they are destroyed, know with all confidence, that in no way will those in the midst of gluttony be preserved: not even one will escape. 4 But each of you brothers, are not to dwell in darkness, so that on that day you, with all haste strike down the thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and children of the day, who do not belong to the night nor unto the darkness. 6 Therefore do not sleep like the others, instead remain vigilant and sober. 7* For those who lie down to sleep in moral darkness, will sleep the sleep of death and those who drink ignorance, drink freely. 8 But we are of the day, so remain sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love together with the helmet of the hope of salvation. 9 For God did not appoint us to revenge, rather to obtain salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ. 10 Who died for us, so that if we remain vigilant or at rest, together within Him, you will live. 11 For this reason encourage one another and edify, each one the other in accordance with the established manner. 12* Now we beseech you, brothers, to understand those struggling among you, while you govern within the Lord and give counsel. 13 And lead them from an abundance of love, continuing the work as you cultivate peace among yourselves. 14 But we appeal to each of you brethren, to teach the undisciplined and encourage the fainthearted to help the weak with patience unto all. 15 Keep watch that no one renders evil on behalf of evil unto anyone, rather at all times pursue good unto one another, indeed, in all respects. 16 Be joyous at all times. 17 Offer prayer constantly. 18 In all things be thankful: for this is the will of God through Christ Jesus unto all of you. 19 Do not suppress the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophesying with contempt. 21 But examine all mankind, holding fast to excellence. 22 One by one trample appearances of evil away. 

23 And may the peace of God Himself, sanctify all of you fully and free all of your spirits from sin, as well as, in mind and in body, to be faultless before our Lord while living in conformity unto Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful are those who see you as commendable and do the same. 

25 Brothers, pray concerning our number. 

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 Commit yourselves to the Lord, every adult is to know the written word well, those of sacred brotherhood. 

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you, amen.