The New Testament

First Thessalonians


1:1 Paul, 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.

 

1:2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in

our prayers; 1:3 Remembering 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; 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your

election of God.

 

1:5 For 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.

 

1:6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received

the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

 

1:7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and

Achaia.

 

1:8 For 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.

 

1:9 For 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; 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised

from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

 

2:1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it

was not in vain: 2:2 But 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.

 

2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in

guile: 2:4 But 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.

 

2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor

a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 2:6 Nor of men sought we

glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been

burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

 

2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her

children: 2:8 So 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.

 

2:9 For 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.

 

2:10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and

unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 2:11 As ye

know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a

father doth his children, 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who

hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

 

2:13 For 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.

 

2:14 For 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: 2:15 Who both

killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us;

and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 2:16 Forbidding

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.

 

2:17 But 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.

 

2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and

again; but Satan hindered us.

 

2:19 For 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?  2:20 For

ye are our glory and joy.

 

3:1 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to

be left at Athens alone; 3:2 And 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: 3:3 That no

man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we

are appointed thereunto.

 

3:4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we

should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

 

3:5 For 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.

 

3:6 But 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: 3:7

Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction

and distress by your faith: 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in

the Lord.

 

3:9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the

joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 3:10 Night and day

praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect

that which is lacking in your faith?  3:11 Now God himself and our

Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

 

3:12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward

another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 3:13 To 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.

 

4:1 Furthermore 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.

 

4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

 

4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye

should abstain from fornication: 4:4 That every one of you should know

how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 4:5 Not in the

lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 4:6

That 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.

 

4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

 

4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath

also given unto us his holy Spirit.

 

4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you:

for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

 

4:10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all

Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and

more; 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business,

and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 4:12 That ye may

walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack

of nothing.

 

4:13 But 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.

 

4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them

also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

 

4:15 For 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.

 

4:16 For 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: 4:17 Then 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.

 

4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

 

5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I

write unto you.

 

5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh

as a thief in the night.

 

5:3 For 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.

 

5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should

overtake you as a thief.

 

5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we

are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 

5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be

sober.

 

5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken

are drunken in the night.

 

5:8 But 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.

 

5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by

our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or

sleep, we should live together with him.

 

5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another,

even as also ye do.

 

5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among

you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 5:13 And to

esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace

among yourselves.

 

5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort

the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

 

5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow

that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

 

5:16 Rejoice evermore.

 

5:17 Pray without ceasing.

 

5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ

Jesus concerning you.

 

5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

 

5:20 Despise not prophesyings.

 

5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

 

5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

 

5:23 And 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.

 

5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

 

5:25 Brethren, pray for us.

 

5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

 

5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the

holy brethren.

 

5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.