But we ought always to thank God for you,1 brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose youa2 to be saved3 through the sanctifying work of the Spirit4 and through belief in the truth.
He called you5 to this through our gospel,6 that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So then, brothers, stand firm7 and hold to the teachingsb we passed on to you,8 whether by word of mouth or by letter.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,9 who loved us10 and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage11 your hearts and strengthen12 you in every good deed and word.