Paul and Syluanus & Timothe. Unto the congregacyon of şe Thessalonyans, in
God the father, and in the Lorde Iesus Christ. Grace be vnto you, and peace from
God our father, and from the Lorde Iesus Christ.
2 We geue god thankes alwaye for you all: makynge mencyon of you in our prayers
3 without ceasynge, & call you to remembraunce because of the worke of your
fayth, and labour in loue, and because ye haue contynued in şe hope of oure
Lorde Iesus Christ, in şe syght of God our father.
4 We knowe brethren (beloued of God) how that ye are electe.
5 For oure Gospel came not vnto you by worde onely, but also by power, and by
the holy goost, and by moch certayntye, as ye knowe, after what maner we be
haued oure selues amonge you, for your sake.
6 And ye became folowers of vs and of the Lorde, receauynge the worde with moch
affliccyon, with ioye of the holy goost:
7 so that ye were an ensample to all that beleue in
8 For from you sounded out the worde of the Lorde, not in Macedonia and in
Achaia onely: but youre fayth also which ye haue vnto God, spred her selfe
abroade in all quartars, so that it nedeth not vs to speake eny thynge at al.
9 For they them selues shewe of you, what maner of entring in we had vnto you
and how ye tourned to God from ymages, for to serue the liuynge and true God,
10 and for to loke for hys sonne from heauen, whom he raysed from deeth: euen
Iesus, whych delyuereth vs from the wrath to come.
For ye youre selues (brethren) knowe of oure entraunce in vnto you, how that it
was not in vayne:
2 but euen after that we had suffred before, and were shamfully entreated at
Phillipos (as ye knowe) then were we bolde in oure God, to speake vnto you the
Gospell of God, in moch stryuynge.
3 For oure exhortacyon was not to brynge you to erroure, nor yet to vnclennes,
nether was it wyth gyle:
4 but as we were alowed of God, that the Gospell sholde be commytted vnto vs:
euen so we speake, not as they that please men, but God, whych tryeth oure
5 Nether led we oure conuersacyon at eny tyme with flatterynge wordes, as ye
knowe: nether by occasyon of coueteousnes. God is recorde:
6 nether sought we prayse of men nether of you, nor yet of eny other, when we
myght haue bene in auctorite, as şe Apostles of Christ,
7 but we were tender amonge you, euen as a norsse cheryssheth her chyldren,
8 so were we affeccyoned towarde you: our good wyll was to haue dealte vnto you,
not the Gospell of God onely: but also oure awne soules, because ye were deare
9 Ye remember brethren oure laboure, and trauayle. For we laboured daye &
nyght because we wolde not be chargeable vnto eny of you, and preached vnto you
the Gospell of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and so is God how holyly & iustly & vnblameably we
behaued oure selues amonge you that beleued,
11 as ye knowe, how that we bare soch affeccyon vnto euery one of you, as a
father doth vnto chyldren, exhortynge, confortyng, and besechyng you,
12 that ye wolde walke worthy of God, whych hath called you vnto his kyngdome
13 For this cause thanke we God also without ceassyng, because şt when ye
receaued of vs şe worde (wherwith ye learned to know God) ye receaued it not as
the worde of man: but euen as it was in dede, the worde of God, whych worketh
also in you that beleue.
14 For ye brethren became folowers of the cogregacyons of God whych in Iewry are
in Christ Iesu: for ye haue suffred lyke thynges of youre kynsmen, as we oure
selues haue suffered of şe Iewes.
15 Whych as they kylled the Lorde Iesus, and theyr awne Prophetes, euen so haue
they persecuted vs: and God they please not, and are contrary to al men,
16 & hynder vs, that we shuld not speake vnto the Gentyls, that they myght
be saued, to fulfyll their synnes alwaye. For şe wrath of God is come on them,
euen to the vtmost.
17 For as moch brethren as we are kept from you for a season, as concernynge the
bodyly presence (but not in the herte) we enforsed şe more to se you personally
with great desyre.
18 And therfore we wold haue come vnto you, I Paul once and agayne: but Satan
19 for what is oure hope of ioye or crowne of reioysing? are not ye it in the
presence of our Lord Iesus Christ at his commynge?
20 yes, ye are oure glory and ioye.
Wherfore, sence we coulde no lenger forbeare, we thought it good to remayne at
2 and sent Timothe oure brother & mynyster of God, and the helper forth of
oure laboure in the Gospell of Christ, to stablisshe you: and to conforte you
concernyng our fayth
3 that no man shulde be moued in these affliccyons, For ye your selues knowe,
that we are euen apoynted there vnto.
4 For when we were wyth you, we tolde you before, that we shude suffre
tribulacyon, euen as it came to passe, and as ye knowe.
5 For this cause when I coulde no lenger forbeare, I sent that I myght haue
knowledge of youre fayth, lest by some meanes şe tempter had tempted you, and
lest oure laboure had bene bestowed in vayne.
6 But now lately, when Timothe came from you vnto vs, & declared to vs your
faith & your loue, & how şt ye haue good remembraunce of vs allwayes,
desyrynge to se vs as we also desyre to se you.
7 Therfore brethren we receaued consolacyon by you, in all our aduersite &
necessite, through your fayth.
8 For now are we alyue, yf ye stande stedfast in the Lorde.
9 For what thankes can we recompence to God agayne for you, ouer al şe ioye, şt
we ioye for your sakes before our God:
10 praying nyght and daye exceadyngly, şt we might se you presently, and myght
fulfyll the thynges which are lackynge vnto youre fayth.
11 God him selfe oure father, and oure Lorde Iesus Christ shall gyde oure iorney
12 the Lord also shall increace you & make you flowe ouer in loue one toward
another, and towarde all men, euen as we do toward you,
13 that he maye make youre hertes stable & vnblameable, in holynes before
God oure father, at the commynge of oure Lorde Iesus Christ with all saynctes.
Furthermore, we beseche you (brethren) and exhorte you by şe Lord Iesus, şt ye
increace more & more euen as ye haue receaued of vs, how ye ought to walcke
and to please God.
2 For ye knowe, what commaundementes we gaue you by oure Lorde Iesu Christ.
3 For this is the wyll of God euen youre holynes, şt ye shuld abstayne from
4 & that euery one of you shuld knowe how to kepe his vessell in holynes and
5 and not in the lust of concupiscence as do the hethen which know not God,
6 şt noman oppresse and defraude his brother in bargaynyng: because şt the
Lord is the auenger of all soch thinges, as we tolde you before, and testifyed.
7 For God hath not called vs vnto vnclennes but vnto holynes.
8 He therfore şt despyseth, despyseth not man, but God, whych hath sent his
holy sprete amonge you.
9 But as touchynge brotherly loue, ye nede not, şt I wryte vnto you. For ye are
taught of God, to loue one another.
10 Yee and that thynge verely ye do vnto all şe brethren which are in all
. We beseche you brethren, that ye encreace more & more,
11 and that ye studye to be quyet, & to medle with youre awne busynes, and
to worke wyth youre awne handes, as we commaunded you:
12 that ye maye behaue youre selues honestly towarde them that are wythout, and
that nothynge be lackynge vnto you.
13 I wolde not brethren that ye shulde be ignoraunt concernynge them whych are
fallen aslepe, that ye sorowe not as other do, whych haue no hope.
14 For yf we beleue, şt Iesus dyed, & rose agayne: euen so them also which
slepe by Iesus, wyll God brynge agayne wt hym.
15 For thys saye we vnto you in şe worde of the Lorde, that we whych shall lyue,
& shall remayne in the commynge of the Lorde, shall not come yer they whych
16 For the Lorde hym selfe shall descende from heauen with a showte & the
voyce of the Archangell and trompe of God. And the deed in Christe shall aryse
17 then we which shall lyue (euen we which shall remayne) shall be caught vp
with them also in the cloudes, to mete the Lorde in the ayer. And so shall we
euer be with the Lorde.
18 Wherfore, comforte your selues one another wt these wordes.
Finally of the tymes & seasons (brethren) it is no nede that I wryte vnto
2 for ye yourselues know perfectly, şt the daye of the Lord shall come, euen as
a thefe in the nyght.
3 For when they shall saye, peace and all thynges are safe, then shall soden
destruccyon come vpon them (as sorowe commeth vpon a woman traualynge with
chylde) & they shall not scape:
4 But ye brethren are not in darcknes, şt that daye shulde come on you as a
5 Ye are all the chyldren of lyght, and the chyldren of the daye. We are not of
the nyght nether of darknes.
6 Therfore let vs not slepe as do other: but let vs wacth, & be sober.
7 For they that slepe, slepe in şe nyght: & they that be droncken, are
droncken in the nyght.
8 But let vs whych are of the daye, be sober armed wyth the
plate of fayth and loue, and with hope of saluacyon for an helmet.
9 For God hath not appoynted vs to prouoke wrath vnto oure selues, but to
obtayne saluacyon by the meanes of oure Lorde Iesu Christ
10 whych dyed for vs: that whether we wake or slepe, we shulde lyue together
11 Wherfore, comforte your selues together, & edifye euery one another, euen
as ye do.
12 We beseche you brethren, that ye knowe them whych laboure amonge you, and
haue the ouersyght of you in the Lorde,
13 & geue you exhortacyon, that ye haue them in hye reputacyon thorowe loue,
for theyr workes sake, and be at peace with them.
14 We desyre you (brethren) warne them şt are vnruly, comforte the feble mynded,
lyft vp the weake, be pacient towarde all men.
15 Se that none recompence euyll for euyll vnto eny man: but euer folowe that
whych is good, both amonge your selues, and to all men.
16 Reioyce euer.
17 Praye contynually.
18 In all thynges geue thankes. For this is the wyll of God thorowe Christ Iesu
19 Quenche not the sprete.
20 Despyse not prophesyinges.
21 Examen all thynges, kepe that which is good.
22 Abstayne from all euell appearaunce.
23 The very God of peace sanctifye you thorowe out. And I praye God şt youre
whole sprete, and soule and body, maye be preserued: so that in nothyng ye maye
be blamed in the commynge of oure Lorde Iesus Chryst.
24 Faythfull is he whych called you, which wyll also do it.
25 Brethren, praye for vs.
26 Grete all the brethren wyth an holy kysse.
27 I charge you in the Lorde, that this Epistle be red vnto all the holy
28 The grace of the Lorde Iesus Christ be wyth you. Amen.