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Paul's manner of

1 THESSALONIANS, II. preaching the gospel. 7 So that ye were ensamples | know, nor a cloke of covetousto all that believe in Macedonia ness; God is witness: and Achaia.

6 Nor of men sought we 8 For from you sounded out glory, neither of you, nor yet the word of the Lord not only of others, when we might have in Macedonia and Achaia, but been burdensome, as the apostles also in every place your faith to of Christ. God-ward is spread abroad; so 7 But we were gentle among that we need not to speak any you, even as a nurse cherisheth thing.

her children: 9 °For they themselves shew, $ So,

8 So, being affectionately of us what manner of entering desirous of you, we were willing in we had unto you, and how to have imparted unto you, not ye turned to God from idols, the gospel of God only, but also to serve the living and true our own souls, because ye were God;

dear unto us. 10 And to wait for his Son 9 For

9 For ye remember, brethren, from heaven, whom he raised our labour and travail: for lafrom the dead, even Jesus, which bouring night and day, because delivered us from the wrath to we would not be chargeable

unto any of you, we preached CHAP. II.

unto you the gospel of God. How they received the gospel.

10 Ye are witnesses, and God OR yourselves,' brethren, also, how holily and justly and

know our entrance in unto unblameably we behaved ouryou, that it was not in vain:

selves among you that believe: 2 But even after that we had 11 As you know how we suffered before, and were shame- exhorted and comforted and fully entreated, as ye know, at charged every one of you, as Philippi, we were bold in our a father doth his children, God to speak unto you the 12 That ye would walk worthy gospel of God with much con- of God, who hath called you tention.

unto his kingdom and glory. 3 For our exhortation was not 13 For this cause also thank of deceit, nor of uncleanness, we God without ceasing, benor in guile:

cause, when ye received the 4 But as we were allowed of word of God which ye heard of God to be put in trust with the us, ye received it not as the gospel, even so we speak; not as word of men, but, as it is in pleasing men, but God, which truth, the word of God, which trieth our hearts.

effectually worketh also in you 5 For neither at any time that believe. used we flattering words, as ye 14 For ye, brethren, became

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Paul's love and great care 1 THESSALONIANS, for the Thessalonians : followers of the churches of God and to comfort you coneerning which in Judea are in Christ your faith; Jesus: for ye also have suffered 3 That no man should be like things of your own country- moved by these afflictions: for men, even as they have of the yourselves know that we are Jews;

appointed thereunto. 15, Who both killed the Lord 4 For verily, when we were Jesus and their own prophets, with you, we told you before and have persecuted us; and that we should suffer tribulation; they please not God, and are even as it came to pass, and ye contrary to all men;

know. 16 Forbidding us to speak to 5 For this cause, when I could the Gentiles that they might no longer forbear, I sent to know be saved, to fill up their sins your faith, lest by some means alway; for the wrath is come the tempter have tempted you, upon them to the uttermost. and our labour be in vain.

17 But we, brethren, being 6 But now, when Timotheus taken from you for a short time

for a short time came from you unto us, and in presence, not in heart, en brought us good tidings of your deavoured the more abundantly faith and charity, and that ye to see your face with great have good remembrance of us desire.

always, desiring greatly to see 18 Wherefore we would have us, as we also to see you; come unto you, even I Paul, 7 Therefore, brethren, we once and again; but Satan hin- were comforted over you, in all dered us,

our affliction and distress, by 19 For what is our hope, or your faith: joy, or crown of rejoicing Are 8 For now we live, if ye not even ye in the presence of stand fast in the Lord. our Lord Jesus Christ at his 9 For what thanks can we coming?

render to God again for you, 20 For ye are our glory and for all the joy wherewith we joy.

joy for your sakes before our CHAP. III,

God; Paul's love in sending them Timothy. 10 Night and day praying

could no longer forbear, your face, and might perfect we thought it good to be left that which is lacking in your at Athens alone;

faith 2 And sent Timotheus, our 11 Now God himself and brother, and minister of God, our Father, and

our Lord and our fellow-labourer in the Jesus Christ, direct our way gospel of Christ, to establish you, I unto you.


He exhorteth them to please God, CHAP. IV. and to proceed in holiness.

12 And the Lord make you despiseth not man, but God, to increase and abound in love who hath also given unto us his one towards another, and to- holy Spirit. wards all men, even as we do 9 But as touching brotherly towards you:

love, ye need not that I write 13 To the end he may sta- unto you; for ye yourselves blish your hearts unblameable are taught of God to love one in holiness before God, even another. our Father, at the coming of 10 And indeed ye do it towards our Lord Jesus Christ with all all the brethren which are in all his saints.

Macedonia: but we beseech you, CHAP. IV.

brethren, that ye

increase more Exhortation to godliness.

and more:

11 And that ye study to be beseech you, brethren, and quiet, and to do your own busiexhort you by the Lord Jesus, ness, and to work with your that as ye have received of us own hands, as we commanded how ye ought to walk and to you; please God, so ye would abound 12 That ye may walk homore and more.

nestly toward them that are 2 For ye know what com- without, and that ye may have mandments we gave you by the lack of nothing. Lord Jesus.

13 | But I would not have 3 For this is the will of you to be ignorant, brethren, God, even your sanctification, concerning them which are that ye should abstain from asleep, that ye sorrow not, even fornication:

as others which have no hope. 4 That everyone of you should 14 For if we believe that Jesus know how to possess his vessel died and rose again, even so in sanctification and honour; them also which sleep in Jesus

5 Not in the lust of concu- will God bring with him. piscence, even as the Gentiles 15 For this we say unto you which know not God:

by the word of the Lord, that 6 That no man go beyond we which are alive, and remain and defraud his brother in any unto the coming of the Lord, matter; because that the Lord shall not prevent them which is the avenger of all such, as are asleep. we also have forewarned you

16 For the Lord himself shall and testified.

descend from heaven with a 7 For God hath not called shout, with the voice of the us unto uncleanness, but unto archangel, and with the trump holiness.

of God: and the dead in Christ 8 He therefore that despiseth, shall rise first:


Certainty and suddenness 1 THESSALONIANS, of Christ's second coming.

17 Then we which are alive obtain salvation by our Lord and remain, shall be caught Jesus Christ, up together with them in the 10 Who died for us, that clouds, to meet the Lord in the whether we wake or sleep, we air: and so shall we ever be should live together with him. with the Lord.

11 Wherefore comfort your18 Wherefore comfort one selves together, and edify one another with these words. another, even as also ye do. CHAP. V.

12 And we beseech you, Description of Christ's coming. brethren, to know them which UT of the times and the labour among you, and are over

seasons, brethren, ye have you in the Lord, and admonish no need that I write unto you. you; 2 For yourselves know per

13 And to esteem them very fectly that the day of the Lord highly in love for their work's so cometh as a thief in the sake. And be at peace among night.

yourselves. 3 For when they shall say, 14 Now we exhort


brePeace and safety; then sudden thren, warn them that are undestruction cometh upon them, ruly, comfort the feeble-minded, as travail upon a woman with support the weak, be patient child; and they shall not escape. toward all men.

4 But ye, brethren, are not in 15 See that none render evil darkness, that that day should for evil unto any man; but ever overtake

follow that which is good, both 5 Ye are all the children of among yourselves, and to all men. liglit, and the children of the 16 Rejoice evermore. day: we are not of the night, 17 Pray without ceasing. nor of darkness.

18 In everything give thanks; 6 Therefore let us not sleep, for this is the will of God in as do others; but let us watch Christ Jesus concerning you. and be sober.

19 Quench not the Spirit. 7 For they that sleep, sleep 20 Despise not prophesyings. in the night; and they that be 21 Prove all things; hold fast drunken, are drunken in the that which is good. night.

22 Abstain from all appear8 But let us who are of the ance of evil. day, be sober, putting on the 23 And the very God of peace breast plate of faith and love; sanctify you wholly: and I pray and for an helmet, the hope of God your whole spirit and soul salvation.

and body be preserved blameless 9 For God hath not ap- unto the coming of our Lord pointed us to wrath, but to | Jesus Christ.

you as a thief.


The apostle concludes with

salutation and prayer 24 Faithful is he that calleth | that this epistle be read unto all you, who also will do it.

the holy brethren. 25 Brethren, pray for us. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus 26 Greet all the brethren with Christ be with


Amen. an holy kiss.

9 The first epistle unto the Thessa27 I charge you by the Lord, lonians was written from Athens.

The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to


7 And to you who are trou- . Paul's comfort against persecution. bled, rest with us; when the PA AUL, and Silvanus, and Ti- Lord Jesus shall be revealed

motheus, unto the church from heaven with his mighty of the Thessalonians in God angels, our Father and the Lord Jesus 8 In flaming fire, taking Christ:

vengeance on them that know 2 Grace unto you, and peace, not God, and that obey not from God our Father and the the gospel of our Lord Jesus Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ: 3 We are bound to thank 9 Who shall be punished with God always for you, brethren, everlasting destruction from the as it is meet, because that your presence of the Lord, and from faith groweth exceedingly, and the glory of his power; the charity of every one of

10 When he shall come to you all towards each other be glorified in his saints, and aboundeth:

to be admired in all them that 4 So that we ourselves glory believe (because our testimony in you in the churches of God, among you was believed) in that for your patience and faith in day. all your persecutions and tribu

u Wherefore also we pray lations that


always for you, that our God 5 Which is a manifest token would count you worthy of this of the righteous judgement of calling, and fulfil all the good God, that ye may be counted pleasure of his goodness, and worthy of the kingdom of God, the work of faith with power; for which ye also suffer:

12 That the name of our Lord 6 Seeing it is a righteous Jesus Christ may be glorified in thing with God to recompense you, and ye in him, according tribulation to them that trouble to the grace of our God and the you;

Lord Jesus Christ.

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