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I. THESSALONIANS. and greetings. that are without, redeeming the 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, time.
a servant of Christ, saluteth you, 6 Let your speech be always always labouring fervently for with grace, seasoned with salt, you in prayers, that ye may stand that ye may know how ye ought perfect and complete in all the to answer every man.
will of God. 7 All my state shall Tychicus 13 For I bear him record, that declare unto you, who is a belov- | he hath a great zeal for you, and ed brother, and a faithful minister them that are in Laodicea, and and fellow-servant in the Lord : them in Hierapolis.
8 Whom I have sent unto you 14 Luke, the beloved physician, for the same purpose, that he and Demas, greet you. might know your estate, and com 15 Salute the brethren which fort your hearts ;
are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, 9 With Onesimus, a faithful and the church which is in his and beloved brother, who is one house. of you. They shall make known 16 And when this epistle is unto you all things which are read among you, cause that it be done here.
read also in the church of the 10 Aristarchus, my fellow-pris- Laodiceans; and that ye likewise oner, saluteth you; and Marcus, read the epistle from Laodicea. sister's son to Barnabas, (touch 17 And say to Archippus, Take ing whom ye received command heed to the ministry which thou ments : if he come unto you, re hast received in the Lord, that ceive him ;)
thou fulfil it. 11 And Jesus, which is called 18 The salutation by the hand of Justus, who are of the circumcis-me Paul. Remember my bonds. ion. These only are my fellow Grace be with you. Amen. workers unto the kingdom of Written from Rome to the God, which have been a comfort Colossians by Tychicus and
I The First Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to the
2 We give thanks to God al1 The Thessalonians are given to un.
for you all, making mention derstand both how mindful of them
of you in our prayers ; Saint Paul was at all times in 3 Remembering without ceasthanksgiving, and prayer : 5 and also how well he was persuuded of ing your work of faith, and lathe truth and sincerity of their faith bour of love, and patience of and conversion to God.
hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, PAUL, and Sylvanus, and Tim in the sight of God and our Fa
otheus, unto the church of ther; the Thessalonians which is in 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, God the Father, and in the Lord your election of God. Jesus Christ : Grace be unto you, 5 For our gospel came not unto and peace, from God our Father you in word only, but also in and ihe Lord Jesus Christ.
the Gospel. and in much assurance; as ye we flattering words, as ye know, know what manner of men we nor a cloak of covetousness ; God were among you for your sake. is witness :
6 And ye became followers of 6 Nor of men sought we glory, us, and of the Lord, having re neither of you, nor yet of others, ceived the word in much afflic when we might have been burdention, with joy of the Holy Ghost : some, as the apostles of Christ.
7 So that ye were ensamples to 7 But we were gentle among all that believe in Macedonia and you, éven as a nurse cherisheth Achaia.
her children : 8 For from you sounded out the 8 So being affectionately deword of the Lord not only in Ma sirous of you, we were willing to cedonia and Achaia, but also in have imparted unto you, not the every place your faith to God gospel of God only, but also our ward is spread abroad ; so that own souls, because ye were dear we need not to speak any thing.
unto us. 9 For they themselves shew of 9 For ye remember, brethren, us what manner of entering in we
our labour and travail : for lahad unto you, and how ye turned bouring night and day, because to God from idols, to serve the we would not be chargeable unto living and true God ;
of you, we preached unto 10 And to wait for his Son from you the gospel of God. heaven, whom he raised from the 10 Ye are witnesses, and God dead, even Jesus, which delivered olso, how holily, and justly, and us from the wrath to come. unblamably we behaved ourselves CHAP. II.
among you that believe : 1 In what manner the gospel was
11 As ye know how we exhortbrought and preached to the Thes.
ed, and comforted, and charged salonians, and in what sort also
every one of you, as a father doth they received it. 18 A reason is
his children, rendered both why Saint Paul was so long absent from them, and also
12 That ye would walk worthy why he was so desirous to see them. of God, who hath called you unto FOR yourselves, brethren, know his kingdom and glory. our entrance in unto you, that
13 For this cause also thank we it was not in vain :
God without ceasing, because, 2 But even after that we had when ye received the word of God suffered before, and were shame- which ye heard of us, ye received fully entreated, as ye know, at it not as the word of men, but (as Philippi, we were bold in our God it is in truth) the word of God, to speak unto you the gospel of which effectually worketh also in God with much contention.
you that believe. 3 For our exhortation was not 14 For ye, brethren, became of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor followers of the churches of God in guile;
which in Judea are in Christ 4 But as we were allowed of Jesus : for ye also have suffered God to be put in trust with the like things of your own countrygospel, even so we speak, not as men, even as they have of the pleasing men, but God, which Jews : trieth our hearts.
15 Who both killed the Lord 5 For neither at any time used | Jesus, and their own prophets, and
I. THESSALONIANS. to the saints, have persecuted us; and they ¡ the tempter have tempted you, please not God, and are contrary and our labour be in vain. to all men :
6 But now, when Timotheus 16 Forbidding us to speak to came from you unto us, and the Gentiles that they might be brought us good tidings of your saved, to fill up their sins always : faith and charity, and that ye for the wrath is come upon them have good remembrance of us to the utterniost.
always, desiring greatly to see 17 But we, brethren, being ta us, as we also to see you : ken from you for a short time in 7 Therefore, brethren, we were presence, not in heart, endear
comforted over you in all our afoured the more abundantly to fliction and distress by your faith: see your face with great desire. 8 For now we live, if ye
stand 18 Wherefore we would have fast in the Lord. come unto you, even I Paul, once 9 For what thanks can we renand again ; but Satan hindered der to God again for you, for all us.
the joy wherewith we joy. for 19 For what is our hope, or joy, your sakes before our God; or crown of rejoicing ? Are not 10 Night and day praying exeven ye in the presence of our ceedingly that we might see your Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? | face, and might perfect that 20 For ye are
our glory and which is lacking in your faith? joy.
11 Now God himself and our CHAP. III.
Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Saint Paul testifieth his great love direct our way unto you.
to the Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy unto them
12 And the Lord make you to strengthen and comfort them: part increase and abound in love one ly by rejoicing in their well-doing :
toward another, and toward all 10 and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto
men, even as we do toward you : them.
13 To the end he may stablish WHEREFORE, when your hearts unblamable in holi
could no longer forbear, we ness before God, even our Father, thought it good to be left at at the coming of our Lord Jesus Athens alone;
Christ with all his saints. 2 And sent Timotheus, our
CHAP. IV. brother, and minister of God, and
1 He exhorteth them to go on forward our fellow-labourer in the gospel in all manner of godliness, 6 to live of Christ, to establish you, and to holily and justly, 9 to love one an. comfort you concerning your faith:
other, 1} and quietly to follow their
own business : 13 and last of all to 3 That no man should be mov
sorroro moderately for the dead. 17 ed by these afflictions: for your
And unto this last exhortation is selves know that we are appoint
annexed a brief description of the ed thereunto.
resurrection, and second coming of
Christ to judgment. 4 For verily, when we were FURTHERMORE then we bewith you, we told you before that seech you, brethren, and exwe should suffer tribulation; even hort you by the Lord Jesus, that as it came to
ye know. as ye have received of us how ye 5 For this cause, when I could ought to walk and to please God, no longer forbear, I sent to know so ye would abound more and your faith, lest by some means more.
to godliness. 2 For ye know what command 15 For this we say unto you by ments we gave you by the Lord the word of the Lord, that we Jesus.
which are alive and remain unto 3 For this is the will of God, the coming of the Lord shall not even your sanctification, that ye prevent them which are asleep. should abstain from fornication : 16 For the Lord himself shall
4 That every one of you should descend from heaven with a shout, know how to possess his vessel with the voice of the archangel, in sanctification and honour; and with the trump of God: and
5 Not in the lust of concupis- the dead in Christ shall rise cence, even as the Gentiles which first : xnow not God :
17 Then we which are alive 6 That no man go beyond and and remain shall be caught up defraud his brother in any mat-together with them in the clouds, ter: because that the Lord is the to meet the Lord in the air : and avenger of all such, as we also so shall we ever be with the have forewarned you and testified. Lord.
7 For God hath not called us 18 Wherefore, comfort one anunto uncleanness, but unto holi- other with these words.
CHAP. V. 8 He therefore that despiseth, | 1 He proceedeth in the former des. despiseth not man, but God who cription of Christ's coming to judg.
ment, 16 and giveth divers precepts, hath also given unto us his Holy 23 and so concludeth the epistle. Spirit.
BUT of the times and the sea9 But as touching brotherly sons, brethren, ye have no love ye
need not that I write unto need that I write unto you. you: for ye yourselves are taught 2 For yourselves know perfectof God to love one another. ly, that the day of the Lord so
10 And indeed ye do it toward cometh as a thief in the night. all the brethren which are in all 3 For when they shall say, Macedonia: but we beseech you, Peace and safety; then sudden brethren, that ye increase more destruction cometh upon them, and more ;
as travail upon a woman with 11 And that ye study to be child; and they shall not escape. quiet, and to do your own busi 4 But ye, brethren, are not in ness, and to work with your own darkness, that that day should hands, as we commanded you ; overtake you as a thief.
12 That ye may walk honestly 5 Ye are all the children of toward them that are without, light, and the children of the day: and that ye may have lack of we are not of the night, nor of nothing
darkness. 13 But I would not have you to 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as be ignorant, brethren, concerning do others; but let us watch and them which are asleep, that ye be sober. sorrow not, even as others which 7 For they that sleep, sleep in have no hope.
the night ; and they that be drunk14 For if we believe that Jesus en, are drunken in the night. died and rose again, even so them 8 But let us, who are of the also which sleep in Jesus will day, be sober, putting on the God bring with him.
breast-plate of faith and love ;
Paul's comfort II. THESSALONIANS. against persecutions. and for an helmet, the hope of 17 Pray without ceasing. salvation.
18 In every thing give thanks : 9 For God hath not appointed for this is the will of God in us to wrath, but to obtain salva Christ Jesus concerning you. tion by our Lord Jesus Christ, 19 Quench not the Spirit.
10 Who died for us, that, 20 Despise not prophesyings. whether we wake or sleep, we 21 Prove all things; hold fast should live together with him.
that which is good. 11 Wherefore, comfort your
22 Abstain from all appearance selves together, and edify one of evil. another, even as also ye do. 23 And the very God of peace
12 And we beseech you, breth- sanctify you wholly ; and I pray ren, to know them which labour God your whole spirit, and soul, among you, and are over you in and body, be preserved blameless the Lord, and admonish you; unto the coming of our Lord Je13 And to esteem them very
sus Christ. highly in love for their work's 24 Faithful is he that calleth sake. And be at peace among
you, who also will do it. yourselves.
25 Brethren, pray for us. 14 Now we exhort you, breth 26 Greet all the brethren with ren, warn them that are unruly,
an holy kiss. comfort the feeble-minded, sup 27 I charge you by the Lord port the weak, be patient toward that this epistle be read unto all all men.
the holy brethren. 15 See that none render evil 28 The grace of our Lord Jefor evil unto any man ; but ever sus Christ be with you. Amen. follow that which is good, both 9 The first epistle unto the among yourselves, and to all men. Thessalonians was written 16 Rejoice evermore.
groweth exceedingly, and the 1 Saint Paul certifiezh them of the charity of every one of you all good opinion which he had of their
toward each other aboundeth ; faith, love, and patience: îl and therewithal useth divers reasons
4 So that we ourselves glory in for the comforting of them in you in the churches of God, for secution, whereof the chiefest is ta. ken from the righteous judgment of your patience and faith in all .
your persecutions and tribulations
that ye endure : PAUL, and Silvanus, and Tim
otheus, unto the church of 5 Which is a manifest token of the Thessalonians, in God our the righteous judgment of God, Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: that ye may be counted worthy
2 Grace unto you, and peace, of the kingdom of God, for which
6 Seeing it is a righteous thing 3 We are bound to thank God with God to recompense tribulaalways for you, brethren, as it is tion to them that trouble you; meet, because that your faith 7 And to you, who art troubled,