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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE

THESSALONIANS.

CHAPTER I. much affliction, with joy of 1 The Thessalonians are given to un- the Holy Ghost: ilerstand both how mindful of them

7 So that ye were ensamples Saint Paul was at all times in thanksgiving, and prayer: 5

and to all that believe in Macedoalso how well he was persuaded of nia and Achaia. the truth and sincerity of their faith, and conversion to God.

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Timotheus, unto the ly in Macedonia and Achaia, church of the Thessalonians but also in every place your which is in God the Fa- faith to God-ward is spread ther, and in the Lord Je- abroad; so that we need not sus Christ : Grace be unto to speak any thing. you, and peace, from God 9 For they themselves shew our Father, and the Lord of us what manner of enterJesus Christ.

ing in we had unto you, and 2 We give thanks to God al- how ye turned to God from ways for you all, making idols to serve the living and mention of you in our pray- true God; ers;

10 And to wait for his Son 3 Remembering without from heaven, whom he raised ceasing your work of faith, from the dead, even Jesus, and labour of love, and pa- which delivered us from the tience of hope in our Lord wrath to come. Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

CHAPTER II. 4 Knowing, brethren belov- 1 In what manner the gospel was

brought and preached to the Thessaed, your election of God.

lonians, and in what sort also they 5 For our gospel came not

ed both why Saint Paul was so unto you in word only, but long absent from them, and also why also in power, and in the

he was so desirous to see them.

yourselves assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were unto you, that it was not in among you for your sake.

vain : 6 And ye became followers 2 But even after that we had of us, and of the Lord, hav- suffered before, and were ing received the word in shamefully entreated, as ye

received it. 18 A reason is render

Holy Ghost, and in much Formpursar, entrance in

know, at Philippi, we were 11 As ye know how we exbold in our God to speak un- horted and comforted and to you the gospel of God with charged every one of you, as much contention.

a father doth his children, 3 For our exhortation was 12 That ye would walk wornot of deceit, nor of unclean thy of God, who hath called ness, nor in guile:

you unto his kingdom and 4 But as we were allowed of glory. God to be put in trust with 13 For this cause also thank the gospel, even so we speak; we God without ceasing, benot as pleasing men, but God, cause, when ye received the which trieth our hearts. word of God which ye heard

5 For neither at any time of us, ye received it not as the used we flattering words, as word of men, but, as it is in ye know, nor a cloak of cov- truth, the word of God, etousness ; God is witness: which effectually worketh

6 Nor of men sought we glo- also in you that believe. ry, neither of you, nor yet of 14 For ye, brethren, became others, when we might have followers of the churches of been burdensome, as the God which in Judea are in apostles of Christ.

Christ Jesus : for ye also have 7 But we were gentle among suffered like things of your you, even as a nurse cherish- own countrymen, even eth her children:

they have of the Jews: 8 So being affectionately de 15 Who both killed the Lord sirous of you, we were will- Jesus, and their own prophing to have imparted unto ets, and have persecuted us; you, not the gospel of God and they please not God, and only, but also our own souls, are contrary to all men: because ye were dear unto us. 16 Forbidding us to speak

9 For ye remember, breth- to the Gentiles that they ren, our labour and travail: might be saved, to fill up for labouring night and day, their sins always: for the because we would not be wrath is come upon them to chargeable unto any of you, the uttermost. we preached unto you the 17 But we, brethren, being gospel of God.

taken from you for a short 10 Ye are witnesses, and God time in presence, not in heart, also, how holily and justly endeavoured the more abundand unblameably we behaved antly to see your face with ourselves among you that be- great desire. lieve:

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have come unto you, even I came from you unto us, and Paul, once and again; but brought us good tidings of Satan hindered us.

your faith and charity, and 19 For what is our hope, or that ye have good rememjoy, or crown of rejoicing ? brance of us always, desiring Are not even ye in the pres- greatly to see us, as we also ence of our Lord Jesus Christ to see you: at his coming ?

7 Therefore, brethren, we 20 For ye are our glory and were comforted over you in joy.

all our affliction and distress CHAPTER III.

by your faith: 1 Saint Paul testifieth his great love to ŏ For now we live, if ye the Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy unto them to strengthen stand fast in the Lord. and comfort them: partly by rejoic 9 For what thanks can we ing in their well doing : 10 and part: render to God again for you, ly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto thein.

for all the joy wherewith we THEREFORE when we joy for your sakes before our

could no longer for- God; bear, we thought it good to 10 Night and day praying be left at Athens alone; exceedingly that we might

2 And sent Timotheus, our see your face, and might perbrother, and minister of God, fect that which is lacking in and our fellow labourer in your faith? the gospel of Christ, to estab 11 Now God himself and lish you, and to comfort you our Father, and our Lord concerning your faith : Jesus Christ, direct our way

3 That no man should be unto you. moved by these afflictions : 12 And the Lord make you for yourselves know that we to increase and abound in are appointed thereunto. love one toward another, and

4 For verily, when we were toward all men, even as we with you, we told you before do toward you: that we should suffer tribula 13 To the end he may stab

even as it came to pass, lish your hearts unblameable and ye know.

in holiness before God, even 5 For this cause, when I our Father, at the coming of could no longer forbear, I our Lord Jesus Christ with sent to know your faith, lest all his saints. by some means the tempter

CHAPTER IV. have tempted you, and our 1 He exhorteth them to go on forward labour be in vain.

in all manner of godliness, 6 to live 6 But now when Timotheus

holily and justly, 9 to love one an

other, 11 and quietly to follow their

tion;

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manded you;

own business: 13 and last of all to

are taught of God to love oné sorrow moderately for the dead. 17 And unto this last exhortation is an- another. nered a brief description of the resurrection, and second coming of ward all the brethren which

10 And indeed ye do it toChrist to judgment. TURTHERMORE then we are in all Macedonia: but we

beseech you, brethren, beseech you, brethren, that and exhort you by the Lord ye increase more and more; Jesus, that as ye have receiv 11 And that ye study to be ed of us how ye ought to quiet, and to do your own walk and to please God, so ye business, and to work with would abound more and your own hands, as we commore.

2 For ye know what com 12 That ye may walk honmandments we gave you by estly toward them that are the Lord Jesus.

without, and that ye may 3 For this is the will of God, have lack of nothing. even your sanctification, that 13 But I would not have ye should abstain from for you to be ignorant, brethren, nication:

concerning them which are 4 That every one of you asleep, that ye sorrow not, should know how to possess even as others which have no his vessel in sanctification hope. and honour ;

14 For if we believe that Je. 5 Not in the lust of concu- sus died and rose again, even piscence, even as the Gentiles so them also which sleep in which know not God: Jesus will God bring with

6 That no man go beyond him. and defraud his brother in 15 For this we say unto you any matter: because that the by the word of the Lord, Lord is the avenger of all that we which are alive and such, as we also have fore- remain unto the coming of warned you and testified. the Lord shall not prevent

7 For God hath not called them which are asleep. us unto uncleanness, but un 16 For the Lord himself to holiness.

shall descend from heaven 8 He therefore that despis- with a shout, with the voice eth, despiseth not man, but of the archangel, and with God, who hath also given un- the trump of God: and the to us his Holy Spirit.

dead in Christ shall rise first: 9 But as touching brotherly 17 Then we which are alive love ye need not that I write and remain shall be caught up unto you: for ye yourselves together with them in the

clouds, to meet the Lord in, and for a helmet, the hope of the air: and so shall we ever salvation. be with the Lord.

9 For God hath not appoint18 Wherefore comfort one ed us to wrath, but to obtain another with these words. salvation by our Lord Jesus

Christ,
CHAPTER V.

10 Who died for us, that, 1 He proceedeth in the former descrip whether we wake or sleep,

16 and giveth divers precepts, 23 and we should live together with 80 concludeth the epistle.

him. UT of the times and the 11 Wherefore comfort your

seasons, brethren, ye selves together, and edify have no need that I write un- one another, even as also

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ye do.

2 For yourselves know per 12 And we beseech you, fectly that the day of the brethren, to know them Lord so cometh as a thief which labour among you, in the night.

and are over you in the Lord, 3 For when they shall say, and admonish you; Peace and safety; then sud 13 And to esteem them very den destruction cometh upon highly in love for their work's them, as travail upon a wo-sake. And be at peace among man with child; and they yourselves. shall not escape.

14 Now we exhort you, 4 But ye, brethren, are not brethren, warn them that are in darkness, that that day unruly, comfort the feebleshould overtake you as a minded, support the weak, be thief.

patient toward all men. 5 Ye are all the children of 15 See that none render evil light, and the children of the for evil unto any man; but day: we are not of the night, ever follow that which is nor of darkness. .

good, both among yourselves, 6 Therefore let us not sleep, and to all men. as do others; but let us watch 16 Rejoice evermore. and be sober.

17 Pray without ceasing. 7 For they that sleep sleep 18 In every thing give in the night; and they that be thanks: for this is the will of drunken are drunken in the God in Christ Jesus concernnight.

ing you. 8 But let us, who are of the 19 Quench not the Spirit. day, be sober, putting on the 20 Despise not prophebreastplate of faith and love; I syings.

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