1 Thessalonians 1:2-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:6-9; 1 Thessalonians 2:11; 1 Thessalonians 2:17; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:5-7; 1 Thessalonians 3:9-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Thessalonians 5:28
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Knowing , brethren beloved , your election of God.
For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad ; so that we need not to speak any thing.
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome , as the apostles of Christ.
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
For ye remember , brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you , as a father doth his children,
But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear , I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
Therefore , brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
And that ye study to be quiet , and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. [The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.]