1:1Paul, and Silvanus, andTimotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and theLord Jesus Christ: 1:2Graceunto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:3We are bound to thankGod always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faithgroweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward eachother aboundeth; 1:4So thatwe ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience andfaith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 1:5Which is a manifest tokenof the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of thekingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 1:6Seeing it is a righteousthing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 1:7And to you who are troubled restwith us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mightyangels, 1:8In flaming firetaking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospelof our Lord Jesus Christ: 1:9Who shall be punished witheverlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the gloryof his power; 1:10When heshall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all themthat believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 1:11Wherefore also we prayalways for you, that our God would count you worthy of thiscalling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and thework of faith with power: 1:12That the name of our Lord JesusChrist may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace ofour God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2:1Now we beseech you,brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by ourgathering together unto him, 2:2That ye be not soon shaken inmind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter asfrom us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2:3Let no man deceive you by anymeans: for that day shall not come, except there come a fallingaway first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2:4Who opposeth and exalteth himselfabove all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as Godsitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2:5Remember ye not, that, when I wasyet with you, I told you these things? 2:6And now ye know what withholdeththat he might be revealed in his time. 2:7For the mystery of iniquity dothalready work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be takenout of the way. 2:8And thenshall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spiritof his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2:9Even him, whose coming isafter the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10And with alldeceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because theyreceived not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2:11And for this cause God shall sendthem strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2:12That they all might be damned whobelieved not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2:13But we are bound togive thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, becauseGod hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctificationof the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2:14Whereunto he called you by ourgospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2:15Therefore, brethren, stand fast,and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or ourepistle. 2:16Now our LordJesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, andhath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 2:17Comfort your hearts, andstablish you in every good word and work.
3:1Finally, brethren, prayfor us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and beglorified, even as it is with you: 3:2And that we may be delivered fromunreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3:3But the Lord is faithful, whoshall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 3:4And we have confidence in the Lordtouching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 3:5And the Lord direct yourhearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
3:6Now we command you,brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdrawyourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after thetradition which he received of us. 3:7For yourselves know how ye oughtto follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 3:8Neither did we eat any man’sbread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, thatwe might not be chargeable to any of you: 3:9Not because we have not power, butto make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 3:10For even when we were with you,this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 3:11For we hear that thereare some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but arebusybodies. 3:12Now them thatare such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that withquietness they work, and eat their own bread. 3:13But ye, brethren, be not weary inwell doing. 3:14And if anyman obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no companywith him, that he may be ashamed. 3:15Yet count him not as anenemy, but admonish him as a brother. 3:16Now the Lord of peace himselfgive you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
3:17The salutation of Paulwith mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. 3:18The grace of our LordJesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Authorized King James Version, originally published by Oxford Press, Oxford, 1769