PAUL and Silvanus and Timotheus, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
¶ We give thanks to God always for you all, remembering you continually in our prayers,
Mentioning before God the Father the works of your faith and the labor of your love and the patience of your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For we know that you are the elected ones, my brethren, and beloved of God.
For our preaching to you was not in words only, but also in power, and with the Holy Spirit and with sincere assurance;
and you know also how we lived among you for your sakes.
¶ And you became followers of us and of our Lord, for you welcomed the word with much tribulation and with joy of the Holy Spirit;
Thus you have become examples to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.
Not only have you sounded out the word of our Lord in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place your faith in God has been heard so that we need not speak anything about you.
For these people themselves relate how we entered first among you and how you turned to God from the worship of idols, to serve the living and true God,
To wait for his Son from heaven, even Jesus, whom he raised from the dead, for it is he who will deliver us from the wrath to come.