THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS
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 Jesus Christ.
The Faith of the Thessalonian Believers
2 We give thanks to God always concerning you all, making mention of
you in our prayers,
3 constantly remembering your work of faith, labor
of love, and perseverance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the
presence of our God and Father,
4 knowing, beloved brothers, 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,
just as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, in that you received
the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
that you became patterns to all those who believe in Macedonia and
8 For from you the word of the Lord has resounded, not only in
Macedonia and in Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God
has gone forth, so that we need not say anything.
9 For they
themselves report about us what kind of entrance we had among you, and
how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true
10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from
the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the coming wrath.
1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 2
Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians
1 For you yourselves know, brothers, regarding our coming to you, that
it was not in vain.
2 But suffering before and being spitefully treated
at Philippi, just as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you
the gospel of God with much conflict.
3 For our exhortation was
not from error nor from uncleanness, nor in deceit,
4 but just as we
have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we
speak, not as pleasing men, but God who is testing our hearts.
For neither were we using flattering speech, as you know, nor covering
up greed, God is our witness.
6 Nor seeking glory from men,
neither from you, nor from others, even though we were able to carry
weight as apostles of Christ.
7 But we proved to be gentle in
your midst, as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
this way 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
dear to us. 9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil; for laboring night
and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to
you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how
devoutly and justly and blamelessly we were among you that
11 as indeed you know how each one of you, as a father
to his own children, we exhorted, and comforted you, and imploring
12 that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His
own kingdom and glory.
13 Because of this we also give thanks to God unceasingly, so that when
you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received not
the word of men, but just as it truly is, the word of God, which also
is at work in you that believe.
14 For you, brothers, became
imitators of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus,
because you suffered the same things from your fellow countrymen, just
as they did from the Jews,
15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their
own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they do not please God and
are hostile to all men,
16 forbidding us from speaking to the
Gentiles so that they may be saved, so as always to fill up the measure
of their sins; but the wrath of God has come upon them to the
Paul’s Longing to See Them Again
17 But we, brothers, being unwillingly separated from you for a short
season, in presence, not in heart, were all the more eager to see your
face with much desire.
18 Therefore we desired to come to
you—I, Paul, time and again, but Satan hindered us.
19 For what
is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting? Is it not even you, in the
presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?
20 For you are our glory and
1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 3
Concern for Their Faith
1 Therefore, when we could bear it no longer, we were well pleased to
be left behind at Athens alone,
2 and sent Timothy, our brother and
minister of God, and our fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, in
order to establish you and exhort you concerning your faith,
3 that no
one should be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know
that we have been destined for this.
4 For even when we were with
you, we were telling you in advance that we were going to be afflicted,
just as it has come to pass, and as you know.
5 Because of this,
when I could bear it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith,
lest somehow the tempter had tempted you, and our labor be in vain.
Timothy’s Encouraging Report
6 But now when Timothy came to us from you, and brought good news to us
of your faith and your love, and that you have good remembrance of us
always, longing to see us, as we also long to see you—
of this we were encouraged, brothers, in regard to you in all our
affliction and distress by your faith.
8 For now we live, if you
stand firm in the Lord.
9 For whatever thanksgiving can we render
to God for you, for all the joy with which we are rejoicing because of
you in the presence of our God,
10 night and day praying
exceedingly that we may see your face and to perfect what is lacking in
Prayer for the Church
11 Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, lead
us directly to you.
12 And may the Lord make you to increase and abound
in love toward one another and toward all men, as indeed we also do
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 CHAPTER 4
Live to Please God
1 Finally then, brothers, we request of you and exhort you in the Lord
Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please
God, that you do so more and more.
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 fornication,
each of you should know how to control his own body in sanctification
5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not
6 that no one should transgress against and to defraud
his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger in all
these things, just as we told you before and solemnly warned you.
7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in sanctification.
8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has
given His Holy Spirit to you.
9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for me to write to
you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.
For indeed you do so toward all the brothers in all Macedonia. But we
exhort you, brothers, that you increase more and more,
that you aspire to be quiet, and to mind your own business, and to work
with your own hands, just as we commanded you,
12 in order that
you may walk decently toward those that are outside, and may have need
The Coming of the Lord
13 Now we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those
who have fallen asleep, lest you be sorrowful as those who have no
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, thus
also God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.
this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and
remain until the coming of the Lord shall by no means precede those who
have fallen asleep.
16 Because the Lord Himself shall descend
from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and
with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ shall rise first.
17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with
them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall always
be with the Lord.
18 So then comfort one another with these
1 THESSALONIANS CHAPTER 5
The Day of the Lord
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need
that I should write to you.
2 For you yourselves know accurately that
the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 For when they
say, "Peace and safety!" then sudden destruction comes upon them, just
as labor pains upon the woman that is pregnant, and they shall by no
4 But you, brothers, 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.
Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk,
are drunk at night.
8 But we, since we are of the day, let us be
sober, putting on a breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the
hope of salvation.
9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to the
obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for
us, in order that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just
as you also are doing.
Final Instructions and Benediction
12 And we request of you, brothers, to recognize those who labor among
you, and are over you in the Lord and instruct you,
13 and to regard
them beyond all measure in love, because of their work. Be at peace
14 Now we exhort you, brothers, admonish the
disorderly, encourage the discouraged, be supportive of the weak, be
patient toward all.
15 See that no one pays back evil for evil to
anyone, but always pursue that which is good, both for one another and
16 Rejoice always!
17 Pray without ceasing!
everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
20 Do not despise prophecies.
test all things; hold fast that which 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 kept blameless at the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will
25 Brothers, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
27 I adjure you by the Lord for this letter to be read to all the holy brothers.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.