1 Thessalonians 1
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,
3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in
our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father,
4 knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy
Spirit and in much assurance, as you know of what sort we were among you for your
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the Word in much
affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.
8 For from you the Word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and
Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not
need to say anything.
9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and
how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
10 and to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus
who delivers us from the coming wrath.
1 Thessalonians 2
1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not without fruit.
2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated at Philippi, as you
know, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you in much conflict.
3 For our exhortation did not come from error or uncleanness, nor was it in deceit.
4 But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we
speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
5 For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor in pretense of
covetousness; God is witness.
6 Nor did we seek honor from men, either from you or from others, when we might have
been authoritative as apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, just as a nurse cherishes her own children.
8 So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the
gospel of God, but also our own souls, because you had become beloved to us.
9 For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we
might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and God also, how holily and uprightly and blamelessly we were
among you who believe;
11 as you know how we exhorted, and encouraged, and charged every one of you, as a
father does his own children,
12 that you would walk worthily of God who calls you into His kingdom and glory.
13 For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the
Word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it
is in truth, the Word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.
14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in
Christ Jesus. For you also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, just as
they did from the Judeans,
15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and have driven us out; and
they do not please God and are contrary to all men,
16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, so as always to fill up
the measure of their sins; but wrath has come upon them to the end.
17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not
in heart, endeavored more eagerly, with great desire, to see your face.
18 Therefore we wanted to come to you; even I, Paul, time and again; but Satan
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.
20 For you are our glory and joy.
1 Thessalonians 3
1 Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we were pleased to be left in Athens
2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the
gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
3 that no one should be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we
are appointed to this.
4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we were about to suffer
affliction, just as it happened, and you know.
5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest
somehow the tempter had tempted you, and our labor should be in vain.
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your
faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see
us, as we also desire to see you;
7 therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were encouraged concerning
you regarding your faith.
8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for
your sake before our God,
10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face and complete what is
lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to
12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all,
just as we do to you,
13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
1 Thessalonians 4
1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound
more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God;
2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual
4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and
5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles, who do not know God;
6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because
the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.
7 For God did not call us to impurity, but in sanctification.
8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His
9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you
yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge
you, brethren, that you abound more and more;
11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with
your own hands, as we commanded you,
12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may have
need of nothing.
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that
you sorrow not as others who have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him
those who sleep in Jesus.
15 For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain
until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.
16 For the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together at the same time with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 5
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should
write to you.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the
3 For when they say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall by no means escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and
as a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus
10 who died for us, that whether we watch or sleep, we should live together with Him.
11 Therefore encourage each other and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
12 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over
you in the Lord and admonish you,
13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint-hearted, uphold the weak, be longsuffering towards all.
15 See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both
for yourselves and for all.
16 Rejoice always,
17 pray without ceasing,
18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
20 Do not despise prophecies.
21 But test all things; hold fast what is good.
22 Abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole
spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.