Copyright 2000  DSOTO--

by Keith Hepworth










1  PAUL, Silvanus, and Timotheus, servants of God the Father,
   And the Lord Jesus Christ, unto the church of the Thessalonians;
   Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2  We give thanks to God for you all, always making mention of you in our prayers to God;
3  Remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love,
   And patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ,
   In the sight of God and our Father;
4  Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5  For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power,
   And in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men,
   We were among you for your sake; and ye have become followers of us and of the Lord,
   Having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost;
7  So that ye were ensamples to all that believe,
   In Macedonia and Achaia.
8  For from you sounded out the word of the Lord,
   Not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place,
   That your faith toward God is spread abroad; so that we need not speak anything.
9  For they themselves report of us, what manner of welcoming we had from you,
   And how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead,
   Even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.


1  FOR yourselves, brethren, know of our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain;
2  But even after we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated,
   As ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in God to speak unto you,
   The gospel of God in the face of much contention.
3  For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile;
4  But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak;
   Not as to the pleasing of men, but of God, which trieth our hearts.
5  For neither at any time used we flattering words,
   As ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness;
6  Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others,
   Though we might have made demands on you, as the apostles of Christ.
7  But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her own children;
8  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;
9  For ye remember, brethren, our labor and travail; for laboring night and day,
   Because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you,
   The gospel of God; ye are witnesses, God also, how holy and justly,
   And unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe;
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged,
   Everyone of you, as a father doth his children,
12 That ye would walk worthy of God,
   Who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 And for this cause also thank we God without ceasing,
   Because when ye received the word of God, which ye heard of us,
   Ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, and the word of God,
   Which effectually worketh also in you that believe; for ye, brethren,
   Became followers of the churches of God,
   Which in Judea are in Christ Jesus;
   For ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen,
   Even as they have of the Jews; who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets,
   And have persecuted us; they please not God, and are contrary to all men;
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles, that they might be saved,
   To fill up their sins always; for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, but not in heart,
   Endeavored the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you,
   I Paul, again and again, but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing,
   In the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 Is it not you? Indeed, ye are our glory and joy.


1  WHEREFORE when we could no longer forbear,
   We thought it better to be left behind at Athens alone,   
   And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow laborer,
   In the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith;
3  That no man should be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know we are appointed thereunto.
4  For verily, when we were with you we told you before that we should suffer tribulation,
   Even as it came to pass; and ye know 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 labor be in vain; but now when Timotheus came from you,
   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;
7  Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you,
   In all our affliction and distress by hearing of your faith;
8  For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord; for what thanks can we render unto God,
   Again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see you face to face,
   And might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may God himself and our Father,
   And our Lord Jesus Christ,
   Direct our way to you.
12 And the Lord make you to increase,
   And abound in love one toward another,
   And toward all men, even as we do toward you;
   To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable,
   And in holiness before God, even our Father,
   At the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   With all his saints.


1  FURTHERMORE then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus,
   That as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God,
   So ye would abound more and more in Christ Jesus.
2  For ye know what commandments we gave you by the word of the Lord Jesus.
3  For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication;
4  That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;
5  Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles do which know not God;
6  That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter;
   Because the Lord is the avenger of all such things,
   As we also have forewarned and testified.
7  For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
8  He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
9  But as touching brotherly love, ye need not that I write unto you again about this;
   For ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another as ye do yourselves.
10 And indeed ye do toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia;
   But we beseech you, my brethren, that ye increase more and more;
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business,
   And to work with your hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them without,
   And that ye may have the lack of nothing.
13 But I would not have you ignorant,
   Brethren, concerning those that sleep;
   That ye sorrow not, as others do with no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose up again,
   Even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that they who are alive,
   At the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them who who are asleep in the Lord Christ,
   To be caught up to the clouds with those that remain in the Lord Christ;
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout,
   With the voice of the archangel and the trump of God;
   And the dead in Christ shall rise up first.
17 Then they which are alive,
   Shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,
   To meet the Lord in the air; and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.


1  BUT of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you;
2  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord will so cometh as a thief in the night.
3  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them,
   As travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape.
4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,
   That that day should overtake you as a thief.
5  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of day;
   We are not of the night, nor of darkness; therefore let us not sleep,
   As do others; but let us watch and be sober; for they that sleep sleep in the night;
   And they that be drunken are drunken in the night; but let us, who are of the day, be sober,
   Putting on the breastplate of faith and of love; and for an helmet, the hope of eternal salvation;
   For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
   Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you,
   And are over you in the Lord and admonish you to do good;
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake.
   And be at peace among yourselves; and now we exhort you, brethren,
   Warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak,
   Be patient toward all men; see that none render evil for evil unto any man;
   But ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and all men.
16 Rejoice evermore; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks;
   For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
19 Quench not the Spirit, and despise not prophesyings.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearances of doing evil.
23 May the God of peace sanctify you whole;
   I pray your whole spirit and soul,
   And body be preserved blameless,
   Unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;
   Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us; greet all the brethren with a holy salutation.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.



1  PAUL, Silvanus, and Timotheus, servants of God our Father,
   And the Lord Jesus Christ, unto the church of the Thessalonians;
2  Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3  We are bound to thank God always for you, as it is meet, brethren,
   Because your faith groweth exceedingly,
   And the charity of everyone of you toward each other aboundeth;
4  So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience,
   And faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure;
5  Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God,
   That ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God for which ye also suffer;
6  Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation unto them that trouble you;
   And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven,
   With his mighty angels in flaming fire, taking vengeance upon them that know not God,
   And that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ;
9  Who shall be punished with destruction,
   From the presence of the Lord, from the glory of his power;
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at,
   In all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling,
   And fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power;
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him,
   According to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.


1  NOW we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   And by our gathering together unto him,
2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind,
   Or be troubled by epistle, except ye receive it from us;
   Neither by spirit, nor by word, that the day of Christ has come.
3  Let no man deceive you by any means; for there come a falling away first,
   And that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself,
   Above all that is called God, or that is worshipped;
   So he sitteth in the temple of God, proclaiming that he is God.
5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you I told you these things?
6  And now ye know what withholdeth him that he might be revealed in his time.
7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work;
   And he it is that worketh, and Christ suffereth him to work,
   Until the time is fulfilled that he shall be taken out of the way.
8  And then shall that wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume,
   With the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming;
9  Yea the Lord, even Jesus, whose coming is not until after there cometh the falling away,
   By the working of Satan, with all his powers, and his signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
   Because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie;
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord,
   Because God hath, from the beginning, chosen you to obtain salvation,
   Through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in truth;
14 Whereunto he hath called you by our gospel,
   To the obtaining of glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions,
   Which ye have been taught, whether by word, or by our epistles.
16 And now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father,
   Who loves us, and hath given us everlasting consolation,
   And good hope through grace, comfort your hearts,
   And establish you in every good word and work.


1  FINALLY, brethren, pray for us,
   That the word of the Lord have free course,
   Spreading rapidly in honor, even as it was with you;
2  And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men;
   For all men have not faith; but the Lord is faithful,
   Who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.
4  And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you,
   That ye are doing and will do the things which we have commanded you.
5  May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and the patient waiting for Christ.
6  Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   That ye withdraw from every brother that walketh disorderly,
   And not after the tradition which he received of us.
7  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us;
   For we have not behaved ourselves disorderly among you;
8  Nor did we eat any man's bread for nought; but bought with labor,
   And travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you;
9  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded: if any man not work, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you living in idleness,
   That are busy not at all, but are mere busybodies.
12 Now those persons that are such we command,
   And exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ,
   That with quietness they work,
   And eat their own bread.
13 Brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word, coming by this epistle,
   Note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet count him not an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16 Now the Lord of peace give you peace always.
   The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand,
   Which is the token in every epistle; so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen