1I, Paul, am writing this letter. Silas and Timothy join me in writing. We are sending this letter to you, the members of the church in Thessalonica. You belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May grace and peace be given to you.2We always thank God for all of you. We pray for you.3We never forget you when we pray to our God and Father. Your work is produced by your faith. Your service is the result of your love. Your strength to continue comes from your hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.4Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God. We know that he has chosen you.5Our good news didn't come to you only in words. It came with power. It came with the Holy Spirit's help. He gave us complete faith in what we were preaching. You know how we lived among you for your good.6We and the Lord were your examples. You followed us. You suffered terribly. Even so, you welcomed our message with the joy the Holy Spirit gives.7So you became a model to all the believers in the lands of Macedonia and Achaia.8The Lord's message rang out from you. That was true not only in Macedonia and Achaia. Your faith in God has also become known everywhere. So we don't have to say anything about it.9The believers themselves report the kind of welcome you gave us. They tell about how you turned away from statues of gods to serve the living and true God.10They tell about how you are waiting for his Son to come from heaven. God raised him from the dead. He is Jesus. He saves us from God's anger, and his anger is sure to come.
1Brothers and sisters, you know that our visit to you was not a failure.2You know what happened earlier in the city of Philippi. We suffered, and people treated us badly there. But God gave us the boldness to tell you his good news. We preached to you even though people opposed us strongly.3The appeal we make is based on truth. It comes from a pure heart. We are not trying to trick you.4In fact, it is just the opposite. God has accepted us to preach. He has trusted us with the good news. We aren't trying to please people. We want to please God. He puts our hearts to the test.5As you know, we never praised you if we didn't mean it. We didn't put on a mask to cover up any sinful longing. God is our witness that this is true.6We were not expecting people to praise us. We were not looking for praise from you or anyone else. As Christ's apostles, we could have caused you some expense.7But we were gentle among you. We were like a mother caring for her little children.8We loved you so much that we were happy to share with you God's good news. We were also happy to share our lives with you. You had become very special to us.9Brothers and sisters, I am sure you remember how hard we worked. We labored night and day while we preached to you God's good news. We didn't want to cause you any expense.10You are witnesses of how we lived among you believers. God is also a witness that we were holy and godly and without blame.11You know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children.12We gave you hope and strength. We comforted you. We really wanted you to live in a way that is worthy of God. He chooses you to enter his glorious kingdom.13We never stop thanking God for the way you received his word. You heard it from us. But you didn't accept it as a human word. You accepted it for what it really is. It is God's word. It is at work in you who believe.14Brothers and sisters, you became like the members of God's churches in Judea. They are believers in Christ Jesus, just as you are. People in your own country made you suffer. You went through the same things the church members in Judea suffered from the Jews.15The Jews who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets also forced us to leave. They do not please God. They are enemies of everyone.16They try to keep us from speaking to those who aren't Jews. The Jews don't want them to be saved. In that way, the Jews always increase their sins to the limit. God's anger has come on them at last.17Brothers and sisters, we were torn away from you for a short time. We were no longer with you in person, but we kept you in our thoughts. We really longed to see you. So we tried very hard to do so.18We wanted to come to you. Again and again I, Paul, wanted to come. But Satan stopped us.19What is our hope? What is our joy? When our Lord Jesus returns, what is the crown we will delight in? Isn't it you?20Yes, you are our glory and our joy.
1We couldn't wait any longer. So we thought it was best to be left by ourselves in Athens.2We sent our brother Timothy to give you strength and hope in your faith. He works together with God in spreading the good news about Christ.3We sent him so that no one would be upset by times of testing. You know very well that we have to go through them.4In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that our enemies would make us suffer. As you know very well, it has turned out that way.5That's the reason I sent someone to find out about your faith. I couldn't wait any longer. I was afraid that Satan might have tempted you in some way. Then our efforts would have been useless.6But Timothy has come to us from you just now. He has brought good news about your faith and love. He has told us that you always have happy memories of us. He has also said that you long to see us, just as we long to see you.7Brothers and sisters, in all our trouble and suffering your faith cheered us up.8Now we really live, because you are standing firm in the Lord.9How can we thank God enough for you because of all the joy that comes only from our God?10Night and day we pray very hard that we will see you again. We want to give you what is missing in your faith.11Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus open up a way for us to come to you.12May the Lord make your love grow. May it be like a rising flood. May your love for one another increase. May it also increase for everyone else. May it be just like our love for you.13May the Lord give you strength in your hearts. Then you will be holy and without blame in the sight of our God and Father. May that be true when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.
1Finally, brothers and sisters, we taught you how to live in a way that pleases God. In fact, that is how you are living. In the name of the Lord Jesus we ask and beg you to do it more and more.2You know the directions we gave you. They were given by the authority of the Lord Jesus.3God wants you to be made holy. He wants you to stay away from sexual sins.4He wants all of you to learn to control your own bodies. You must live in a way that is holy. You must live with honor.5Don't long to commit sexual sins like those who don't know God.6None of you should sin against your brother by doing that. You should not take advantage of him. The Lord will punish everyone who commits those kinds of sins. We have already told you and warned you about that.7God chose us to live pure lives. He wants us to be holy.8So if you refuse to accept my teaching, you turn your back on God, not on people. God gives you his Holy Spirit.9We don't need to write to you about love among believers. God himself has taught you to love each other.10In fact, you do love all the brothers and sisters all around Macedonia. But we are asking you to love each other more and more.11Do everything you can to live a quiet life. Mind your own business. Work with your hands, just as we told you to.12Then unbelievers will have respect for your everyday life. And you won't have to depend on anyone.13Brothers and sisters, we want you to know what happens to those who die. We don't want you to be sad, as other people are. They don't have any hope.14We believe that Jesus died and rose again. When he returns, many who believe in him will have died already. We believe that God will bring them back with Jesus.15That agrees with what the Lord has said. When the Lord comes, many of us will still be alive. We tell you that we will certainly not go up before those who have died.16The Lord himself will come down from heaven. We will hear a loud command. We will hear the voice of the leader of the angels. We will hear a blast from God's trumpet. Many who believe in Christ will have died already. They will rise first.17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them. We will be taken up in the clouds. We will meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with him forever.18So cheer each other up with these words of comfort.
1Brothers and sisters, we don't have to write to you about times and dates.2You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.3People will be saying that everything is peaceful and safe. Then suddenly they will be destroyed. It will happen like birth pains coming on a pregnant woman. None of the people will escape.4Brothers and sisters, you are not in darkness. So that day should not surprise you as a thief would.5All of you are children of the light. You are children of the day. We don't belong to the night. We don't belong to the darkness.6So let us not be like the others. They are asleep. Instead, let us be wide awake and in full control of ourselves.7Those who sleep, sleep at night. Those who get drunk, get drunk at night.8But we belong to the day. So let us control ourselves. Let us put the armor of faith and love on our chest. Let us put on the hope of salvation like a helmet.9God didn't choose us to receive his anger. He chose us to receive salvation because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.10Jesus died for us. Some will be alive when he comes. Others will be dead. Either way, we will live together with him.11So cheer each other up with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that's what you are doing.12Brothers and sisters, we ask you to have respect for the godly leaders who work hard among you. They have authority over you. They correct you.13Have a lot of respect for them. Love them because of what they do. Live in peace with each other.14Brothers and sisters, we are asking you to warn those who don't want to work. Cheer up those who are shy. Help those who are weak. Put up with everyone.15Make sure that nobody pays back one wrong act with another. Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.16Always be joyful.17Never stop praying.18Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.19Don't put out the Holy Spirit's fire.20Don't treat prophecies as if they amount to nothing.21Put everything to the test. Hold on to what is good.22Stay away from every kind of evil.23God is the God who gives peace. May he make you holy through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept free from blame. May you be without blame from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes.24The One who has chosen you is faithful. He will do all these things.25Brothers and sisters, pray for us.26Greet all the believers with a holy kiss.27While the Lord is watching, here is what I command you. Have this letter read to all the believers.28May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.