For we know, brothers loved by God,1 that he has chosen you,
because our gospel2 came to you not simply with words, but also with power,3 with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know4 how we lived among you for your sake.
You became imitators of us5 and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering,6 you welcomed the message with the joy7 given by the Holy Spirit.87
And so you became a model9 to all the believers in Macedonia10 and Achaia.118
The Lord's message12 rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere.13 Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,
for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned14 to God from idols15 to serve the living and true God,1610
and to wait for his Son from heaven,17 whom he raised from the dead18--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.19