Pavl, and Siluanus, and Timotheus, vnto the Church of the Thessalonians, which
is in God the Father, and in the Lord Iesus Christ: Grace be with you, and peace
from God our Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
2 We giue God thankes alwayes for you all, making mention of you in our prayers
3 Without ceasing, remembring your effectuall faith, and diligent loue, and the
patience of your hope in our Lord Iesus Christ, in the sight of God euen our
4 Knowing, beloued brethren, that ye are elect of God.
5 For our Gospell was not vnto you in worde only, but also in power, and in the
holy Ghost, and in much assurance, as ye know after what maner we were among you
for your sakes.
6 And ye became followers of vs, and of the Lorde, and receiued the worde in
much affliction, with ioy of the holy Ghost,
7 So that ye were as ensamples to all that beleeue in
and in Achaia.
8 For from you sounded out the worde of the Lord, not in
and in Achaia only: but your faith also which is toward God, spred abroad in
all quarters, that we neede not to speake any thing.
9 For they themselues shew of vs what maner of entring in we had vnto you, and
how ye turned to God from idoles, to serue the liuing and true God,
10 And to looke for his sonne from heauen, whome he raised from the dead, euen
Iesus which deliuereth vs from that wrath to come.
1 For ye your selues knowe, brethren, that our entrance in vnto you was not in
2 But euen after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated at
Philippi, (as ye knowe) we were bolde in our God, to speake vnto you the Gospell
of God with much striuing.
3 For our exhortation was not by deceite, nor by vncleannes, nor by guile.
4 But as we were allowed of God, that the Gospel should be committed vnto vs, so
we speake, not as they that please men, but God, which approoueth our hearts.
5 Neither yet did we euer vse flattering wordes, as ye knowe, nor coloured
couetousnes, God is recorde.
6 Neither sought we prayse of men, neither of you, nor of others, when we might
haue bene chargeable, as the Apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, euen as a nource cherisheth her children.
8 Thus being affectioned toward you, our good will was to haue dealt vnto you,
not the Gospel of God onely, but also our owne soules, because ye were deare
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and trauaile: for we laboured day &
night, because we would not be chargeable vnto any of you, and preached vnto you
the Gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and iustly, and vnblameably we
behaued our selues among you that beleeue.
11 As ye knowe how that we exhorted you, and comforted, and besought euery one
of you (as a father his children)
12 That ye would walke worthy of God, who hath called you vnto his kingdome and
13 For this cause also thanke we God without ceasing, that when ye receiued the
worde of God, which ye heard of vs, ye receiued it not as the worde of men, but
as it is in deede the worde of God, which also worketh in you that beleeue.
14 For brethren, ye are become folowers of the Churches of God, which in Iudea
are in Christ Iesus, because ye haue also suffred the same things of your owne
countrey men, euen as they haue of the Iewes,
15 Who both killed the Lord Iesus & their owne Prophets, & haue
persecuted vs away, and God they please not, and are contrary to all men,
16 And forbid vs to preach vnto the Gentiles, that they might be saued, to
fulfill their sinnes alwayes: for the wrath of God is come on them, to the
17 For asmuch, brethren, as we were kept from you for a season, concerning
sight, but not in the heart, we enforced the more to see your face with great
18 Therefore we would haue come vnto you (I Paul, at least once or twise) but
Satan hindered vs.
19 For what is our hope or ioye, or crowne of reioycing? are not euen you it in
the presence of our Lord Iesus Christ at his comming?
20 Yes, ye are our glory and ioy.
1 Wherefore since we coulde no longer forbeare, wee thought it good to remaine
at Athens alone,
2 And haue sent Timotheus our brother and minister of God, and our labour felow
in the Gospel of Christ, to stablish you, and to comfort you touching your
3 That no man should be moued with these afflictions: for ye your selues knowe,
that we are appointed thereunto.
4 For verily when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer
tribulations, euen as it came to passe, and ye knowe it.
5 Euen for this cause, when I could no longer forbeare, I sent him that I might
knowe of your faith, lest the tempter had tempted you in any sort, and that our
labour had bene in vaine.
6 But now lately when Timotheus came fro you vnto vs, and brought vs good
tidings of your faith and loue, & that ye haue good remembrance of vs
alwayes, desiring to see vs, as we also do you,
7 Therefore, brethren, we had consolation in you, in all our affliction and
necessitie through your faith.
8 For nowe are wee aliue, if ye stand fast in the Lorde.
9 For what thankes can wee recompense to God againe for you, for all the ioy
wherewith we reioyce for your sakes before our God,
10 Night and day, praying exceedingly that wee might see your face, and might
accomplish that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Nowe God himselfe, euen our Father, and our Lord Iesus Christ, guide our
iourney vnto you,
12 And the Lord increase you, and make you abound in loue one toward another,
and towarde all men, euen as we doe toward you:
13 To make your hearts stable & vnblameable in holines before God euen our
Father, at the comming of our Lord Iesus Christ with all his Saints.
1 And furthermore we beseeche you, brethren, and exhort you in the Lord Iesus,
that ye increase more and more, as ye haue receiued of vs, how ye ought to walke,
and to please God.
2 For ye knowe what commaundements we gaue you by the Lord Iesus.
3 For this is the will of God euen your sanctification, and that ye should
abstaine from fornication,
4 That euery one of you should know, how to possesse his vessell in holines and
5 And not in the lust of concupiscence, euen as the Gentiles which know not God:
6 That no man oppresse or defraude his brother in any matter: for the Lord is
auenger of all such thinges, as we also haue tolde you before time, and
7 For God hath not called vs vnto vncleannesse, but vnto holinesse.
8 Hee therefore that despiseth these thinges, despiseth not man, but God who
hath euen giuen you his holy Spirit.
9 But as touching brotherly loue, ye neede not that I write vnto you: for ye are
taught of God to loue one another.
10 Yea, and that thing verily yee doe vnto all the brethren, which are
throughout all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more
11 And that ye studie to be quiet, & to meddle with your owne busines, and
to worke with your owne handes, as we commaunded you,
12 That yee may behaue your selues honestly towarde them that are without, and
that nothing be lacking vnto you.
13 I would not, brethren, haue you ignorant concerning them which are a sleepe,
that ye sorow not euen as other which haue no hope.
14 For if we beleeue that Iesus is dead, and is risen, euen so them which sleepe
in Iesus, will God bring with him.
15 For this say we vnto you by the worde of the Lorde, that we which liue, and
are remayning in the comming of the Lorde, shall not preuent them which sleepe.
16 For the Lorde himselfe shall descende from heauen with a shoute, and with the
voyce of the Archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ
shall rise first:
17 Then shall we which liue and remaine, be caught vp with them also in the
clouds, to meete the Lord in the ayre: and so shall we euer be with the Lorde.
18 Wherefore, comfort your selues one another with these wordes.
1 Bvt of the times and seasons, brethren, yee haue no neede that I write vnto
2 For ye your selues knowe perfectly, that the day of the Lorde shall come, euen
as a thiefe in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace, and safetie, then shall come vpon them sudden
destruction, as the trauaile vpon a woman with childe, and they shall not
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkenes, that that day shal come on you, as it
were a thiefe.
5 Yee are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of
the night, neither of darkenesse.
6 Therefore let vs not sleepe as do other, but let vs watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleepe, sleepe in the night, and they that be drunken, are
drunken in the night.
8 But let vs which are of the day, be sober, putting on the
plate of faith and loue, and of the hope of saluation for an helmet.
9 For God hath not appointed vs vnto wrath, but to obtaine saluation by the
meanes of our Lord Iesus Christ,
10 Which died for vs, that whether we wake or sleepe, we should liue together
11 Wherefore exhort one another, and edifie one another, euen as ye doe.
12 Nowe we beseeche you, brethren, that ye acknowledge them, which labour among
you, and are ouer you in the Lorde, & admonish you,
13 That yee haue them in singular loue for their workes sake. Bee at peace among
14 We desire you, brethren, admonish them that are out of order: comfort ye
feeble minded: beare with the weake: be pacient toward all men.
15 See that none recompense euil for euil vnto any man: but euer folow that
which is good, both toward your selues, and toward all men.
16 Reioyce euermore.
17 Pray continually.
18 In all thinges giue thankes: for this is the will of God in Christ Iesus
19 Quench not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophecying.
21 Try all things, & keepe that which is good.
22 Absteine from all appearance of euill.
23 Nowe the very God of peace sanctifie you throughout: and I pray God that your
whole spirite and soule and body, may be kept blamelesse vnto the comming of our
Lord Iesus Christ.
24 Faithfull is hee which calleth you, which will also doe it.
25 Brethren, pray for vs.
26 Greete all the brethren with an holy kisse.
27 I charge you in the Lorde, that this Epistle be read vnto all the brethren
28 The grace of our Lord Iesus Christ be with you, Amen. The first Epistle vnto
the Thessalonians written from Athens.