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4 Knowing, brethren beloved, not of deceit, nor of uncleanyour election of God. ness, nor in guile;

5 For our gospel came not 4 But as we were allowed of unto you in word only, but al- God to be put in trust with the so in power, and in the Holy gospel, even so we speak; not Ghost, and in much assurance; as pleasing men, but God, which as ye know what manner of men trieth our hearts.

we were among you for your 5 For neither at any time used sake. we flattering words, as ye know, 6 And ye became followers nor a cloak of covetousness; of us, and of the Lord, having God is witness: received the word in much af- 6 Nor of men sought we glofliction, with joy of the Holy ry, neither of you, nor yet of Ghost: others, when we might have 7 So that ye were ensamples been burdensome, as the aposto all that believe in Macedonia tles of Christ. and Achaia.

7 But we were gentle among 8 For from you sounded out you, even as a nurse cherisheth the word of the Lord not only in her children: Macedonia and Achaia, but also 8 So being being affectionately in every place your faith to God-desirous of you, we were willing ward is spread abroad; so that to have imparted unto you, not we need not to speak any thing. the gospel of God only, but also

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9 For they themselves shew our own souls, because ye were of us what manner of entering dear unto us.

in we had unto you, and how ye 9 For ye remember, brethturned to God from idols, to ren, our labour and travail: for serve the living and true God; labouring night and day, because

10 And to wait for his Son we would not be chargeable unfrom heaven, whom he raised to any of you, we preached unto from the dead, even Jesus, which you the gospel of God. delivered us from the wrath to

come.

10 Yeare witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

11 As ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and char

FOR yourselves, brethren, ged every one of you, as a father

his

our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain :

12 That ye would walk wor

2 But even after that we had thy of God, who hath called you suffered before, and were shame- unto his kingdom and glory. fully entreated, as ye know, at 13 For this cause also thank Philippi, we were bold in our we Godwithout ceasing,because, God to speak unto you the gos- when ye received the word of pel of God with much conten- God which ye heard of us, ye tion. received it not as the word of 3 For our exhortation was men, but (as it is in truth) the

CHAP. II.

1 In what manner the gospel was preached unto them, and how they received it; 17 he sheweth his desire of coming to them, &c.

word of God, which effectually 3 That no man should be worketh also in you that believe. moved by these afflictions: for

14 For ye, brethren, became yourselves know that we are followers of the churches of God appointed thereunto. which in Judea are in Christ 4 For verily, when we were Jesus for ye also have suffered with you, we told you before like things of your own country- that we should suffer tribulation; men, even as they have of the even as it came to pass, and ye Jews: know.

15 Who both killed the Lord 5 For this cause, when I could Jesus, and their own prophets, no longer forbear, I sent to know and have persecuted us; and your faith, lest by some means they please not God, and are the tempter have tempted you, contrary to all men : and our labour be in vain.

16 Forbidding us to speak to 6 But now, when Timotheus the Gentiles that they might be came from you unto us, and saved, to fill up their sins always: brought us good tidings of your for the wrath is come upon them faith and charity, and that ye to the uttermost. have good remembrance of us 17 But we, brethren, being always, desiring greatly to see us, taken from you for a short time as we also to see you: in presence, not in heart, en- 7 Therefore, brethren, we deavoured the more abundantly were comforted over you, in all to see your face with great desire. our affliction and distress by your 18 Wherefore we would have faith:

come unto you, even I Paul, 8 For now we live, if ye stand once and again; but Satan hin- fast in the Lord.

dered us.

9 For what thanks can we 19 For what is our hope, or render to God again for you, joy, or crown of rejoicing! Are for all the joy wherewith we not even ye in the presence of joy for your sakes before our our Lord Jesus Christ at his God; coming?

20 For ye are our glory and joy.

10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

CHAP. III.

11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

1 Why Paul sent Timothy to them; 6 his good report a consolation to him. W THEREFORE, when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward 2 And sent Timotheus, our all men, even as we do toward brother, and minister of God, you: and our fellow-labourer in the 13 To the end he may estabgospel of Christ, to establish you, lish your hearts unblameable in and to comfort you concerning holiness before God, even our your faith; Father, at the coming of our

Lord Jesus Christ with all his seech you, brethren, that ye insaints. crease more and more;

CHAP. IV.

1 He exhorteth to go on in godliness, 7 to holiness, 9 to love, 11 to quietness....15

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own busiThe saint's resurrection, and Christ's sec- ness, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded

ond coming.

FURTHERMORE then we you;

beseech you, brethren, and 12 That ye may walk honexhort you by the Lord Jesus, estly toward them that are that as ye have received of us without, and that ye may have how ye ought to walk and to lack of nothing.

please God, so ye would abound 13 But I would not have more and more. you to be ignorant, brethren, 2 For ye know what com- concerning them which are amandments we gave you by the sleep, that ye sorrow not, even Lord Jesus. as others which have no hope. 3 For this is the will of God, 14 For if we believe that even your sanctification, that ye Jesus died and rose again, even should abstain from fornica- so them also which sleep in tion: Jesus will God bring with him.

4 That every one of you 15 For this we say unto you should know how to possess his by the word of the Lord, that we vessel in sanctification and hon- which are alive and remain unto our; the coming of the Lord shall 5 Not in the lust of concupis- not prevent them which are cence, even as the Gentiles asleep. which know not God:

. 16 For the Lord himself shall 6 That no man go beyond and descend from heaven with a defraud his brother in any mat- shout, with the voice of the archter: because that the Lord is the angel, and with the trump of avenger of all such, as we also God: and the dead in Christ shall have forewarned you and testifi- rise first: ed.

ness.

17 Then we which are alive 7 For God hath not called us and remain shall be caught up unto uncleanness, but unto holi-together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and 8 He therefore that despiseth, so shall we ever be with the despiseth not man, but God who Lord. hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.

9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write un-1 to you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we be

18 Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.

CHAP. V.

He sheweth that Christ's second coming

will be sudden, and exhorteth to watch; 4 he giveth divers precepts, &c.

BUT of the times and the

seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know per

fectly, that the day of the Lord sake. And be at peace among so cometh as a thief in the night. yourselves. 3 For when they shall say, 14 Now we exhort you, Peace and safety; then sudden brethren, warn them that are destruction cometh upon them, unruly, comfort the feeble-minas travail upon a woman with ded, support the weak, be pachild; and they shall not escape. tient toward all men.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in 15 See that none render darkness, that that day should evil for evil unto any man; but overtake you as a thief. ever follow that which is good, 5 Ye are all the children of both among yourselves, and to light, and the children of the all men. day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the that which is good. day, be sober, putting on the 22 Abstain from all appearbreast-plate of faith and love; ance of evil. and for a helmet, the hope of 23 And the very God of salvation. peace sanctify you wholly; and

9 For God hath not appoin- I pray God your whole spirit, ted us to wrath, but to obtain and soul, and body, be presersalvation by our Lord Jesus ved blameless unto the coming Christ, of our Lord Jesus Christ.

10 Who died for us, that, 24 Faithful is he that calleth whether we wake or sleep, we you, who also will do it. should live together with him.

25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with

11 Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one a holy kiss. another, even as also ye do.

27 I charge you by the Lord

12 And we beseech you, that this epistle be read unto all brethren, to know them which the holy brethren. labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 1 The first epistle unto the Thessalonians was written from Athens.

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's

1 The Second Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to the THESSALONIANS.

CHAP. I.

be admired in all them that be1 Paul's good opinion of their faith, love, and lieve (because our testimony patience; 6 of God's punishing their ene- among you was believed) in that mies, and recompensing their sufferings. day.

PA AUL, and Silvanus, and 11 Wherefore also we pray

Timotheus, unto the church always for you, that our God of the Thessalonians in God our would count you worthy of this Father and the Lord Jesus calling, and fulfil all the good Christ; pleasure of his goodness, and 2 Grace unto you, and peace, the work of faith with power: from God our Father and the 12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus Christ may be glori3 We are bound to thank fied in you, and ye in him, acGod always for you, brethren, cording to the grace of our God, as it is meet, because that your and of the Lord Jesus Christ. faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you 1 all toward each other aboundeth;

CHAP. II.

He willeth them to continue steadfast in

the truth received; 3 sheweth that there shall be a departure from the faith, 8 and a discovery of antichrist, &c.

4 So that we ourselves glory NOW we beseech you, brethin you in the churches of God, ren, by the coming of our for your patience and faith in all Lord Jesus Christ, and by our your persecutions and tribula- gathering together unto him, tions that ye endure: 2 That ye be not soon shaken

5 Which is a manifest token in mind, or be troubled, neither of the righteous judgment of by spirit, nor by word, nor by God, that ye may be counted letter, as from us, as that the day worthy of the kingdom of God, of Christ is at hand. for which ye also suffer:

3 Let no man deceive you by 6 Seeing it is a righteous any means: for that day shall thing with God to recompense not come, except there come a tribulation to them that trouble falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of

you;

7 And to you, who are troub-perdition;

led, rest with us, when the Lord 4 Who opposeth and exalteth Jesus shall be revealed from himself above all that is called heaven with his mighty angels, God, or that is worshipped; so 8 In flaming fire taking ven- that he, as God, sitteth in the geance on them that know not temple of God, shewing himself God, and that obey not the gos- that he is God. pel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to

5 Remember ye not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might bẹ revealed in his time.

be glorified in his saints, and to 7 For the mystery of iniquity

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