The First Letter of Paul
to the Thessalonians

Translation by Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D.

1

  1. Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of Thessalonika in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ - grace to you and peace.
  2. We give thanks to God always for you all, making remembrance of you in our prayers,
  3. unceasingly remembering your works of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in the Lord Jesus Christ before the face of (in the sight of) God and our Father
  4. knowing, brothers and sisters beloved by God, your election,
  5. because our gospel came not to you in logos only, but also in power and in holy spirit and much conviction, as you know of such a character we became among you for your sake.
  6. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received/welcomed the logos in much persecution/affliction with joy of holy spirit,
  7. such that you became a model/type to all those believing in [the regions of] Macedonia and Achaia.
  8. For from you sounding forth the logos of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God is ?, so that we have no need to say anything.
  9. for those with us report what sort of entry  toward you , and how you turned toward God from the idols to serve God the Living and True
  10. and to await his son from the heavens, the one having been raised from among the dead, Jesus our deliverer out of the coming wrath.

2

  1. For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, our entry among you, that [it] was not [in] vain,
  2. but having previously suffered and having been outrageously treated - as you know - in Philippi - we were confident in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much struggle.
  3. for our appeal [was] not from deceit, nor of impurity, nor yet of treachery
  4. but as having been put to the test by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing humans, but rather God who tests our hearts.
  5. for neither at any time anytime in flattering words did we come, as you know , nor under covetous/rapacious pretext, God is witness,
  6. nor seeking glory form humans, neither from you nor of others
  7. being able to wield authority as apostles of Christ. But rather we became gentle in your midst, just as a mother cherishes her children
  8. so having a kindly feeling toward you, we took delight to impart to you not only to you, we took delight to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our very selves, because you had become so beloved to us.
  9. for you remember, brothers and sisters, our labor and hardship, night and day working in order that I would not be a burden to any of you, proclaiming to you the gospel of God
  10. you are witnesses as well as God, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we became among you who believe,
  11. just as you know how we encouraged each one of you as a father his own children
  12. and comforted and implored you to the walking worthy of God who has summoned you to his kingship and glory
  13. and for this also we thank God without ceasing, that receiving the word we preached of God you received it not a human message but as it truly is the word of God, Who also works among you who believe
  14. for you became imitators, brothers and sisters, of the churches of God, the ones in Judea, in Christ Jesus, in order that these things you have suffered and you have been on guard against your own, and just as they from the Judeans,
  15. who also put to death the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and have severely persecuted us, and not striving to please God, and hostile to all people
  16. preventing us from speaking to the gentiles in order that they might be saved, to the filling up of their sins always. For upon them has come the wrath to the telos.
  17. But we, brothers and sisters, made orphans by separartion from you for a short time-- in appearence, not in heart-- we were even more zealous to see your face[s] with great desire.
  18. Wherefore, we would have come to you, even I, Paul, once and a second time, but I was hindered by the adversary
  19. for what [is] our hope or joy or crown of rejoicing - if not you - before our lord Jesus Christ in his parousia
  20. for you are our glory and our joy

3

  1. Wherefore no longer passing over in silence, we consented to be left in Athens alone,
  2. and sent Timothy, our brother and co-worker of God in the gospel of Christ for the purpose of strengthening you and comforting you in your faith
  3. that no one might be deceived in these afflictions. For you yourself know that we are destined for this
  4. for also when we were with you, we foretold that we were certainly to be afflicted, just as it came to pass and you know.
  5. Through this I, for my part, could no longer forbear. I sent in order to know your faith, lest somehow the tempter had been tempting you and our labor had become in vain.
  6. But now Timothy having come to us from you and bringing good tidings to us of your faith and love, and that you have remembrance of us always with love, having desired greatly to see us and we you,
  7. through this we have been comforted, brothers and sisters, concerning you in all our distress and trouble through your faith,
  8. that now we live if you stand firm in the Lord
  9. For how can we return thanks to God concerning you for all the joy with which we rejoice concerning you before our God,
  10. night and day praying above all to see you in person and to complete what is lacking in you faith
  11. but now the same God and our Father and our Lord Jesus make straight our way toward you
  12. but/and the lord cause you to increase and to abound in love toward one another and toward all, as also toward you,
  13. to the establishing of your blameless hearts in holiness before our God and Father in the parousia of our Lord Jesus with his saints.

4

  1. Now furthermore, brothers and sisters, we ask and appeal to you in the lord Jesus in order that as you have received from us how/the way in which you must walk abd please God, just so you might walk, in order to progress/excel more and more.
  2. for you know what sort of instructions we gave to you through the lord Jesus
  3. For this is the will of God, your holiness, your abstaining/keeping from porneia (sexual vice),
  4. that each of you should know to gain control of your own vessel in(to) holiness and honor
  5. not in lustful passion as indeed the gentiles who do not know God
  6. not to go beyond and take advantage of one's brother in the undertaking, because the Lord is vengeful concerning all such things, as also we foretold to you and were witnesses
  7. for God has not called us to impurity/immorality but rather, in(to) holiness
  8. for that very reason then the one who nullifies rejects not [the commands of] human beings but [of] God who also gives his holy Spirit to you
  9. But concerning filial love you have no need to write to you, for you yourselves are being taught by God to love one another
  10. for also you do this to all the brothers and sisters everywhere in all of Macedonia. But we beseech you, brothers and sisters, to excel more and more,
  11. and to have as your ambition to be quiet and to accomplish your [own] affairs and to work with/in your hand[s], just as we instructed you,
  12. in order that you might behave decently (in the eyes of) those outside and have need of nothing.
  13. But we will not you to be ignorant, brothers and sisters, concerning the ones who have fallen asleep, [that you do] not sorrow as also do the rest of those persons having no hope
  14. For if we believe that Jesus did and rose again, so also God will lead with him those who are asleep in Jesus.
  15. for we say this to you in the word of the Lord, that we who live, being left behind until/for the parousia of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep
  16. that the Lord himself will come down with a cry of command, with a voice of an archangel and with the call of God's trumpet, and the dead in Christ will rise first
  17. then we the living remaining behind, together with them will be snatched up into (the) clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so always shall we be with the Lord.
  18. wherefore comfort/encourage one another in these words.

5

  1. Concerning the chronon and kairon, brothers and sisters, we do not need to write to you.
  2. For you yourselves well know that the day of the of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
  3. Whenever they shall say, peace and security, then sudden destruction will come upon them even as birth-paugs of a full womb, and they shall not escape
  4. but you, brothers and sisters, you are not in darkness, in order that that day will seize you as a thief
  5. for you are all children of light and children of day; you are not of night nor indeed of darkness
  6. so then may we not sleep as the rest, but rather may we be watchful and be self-possessed
  7. for the sleeping ones sleep at night, and the ones becoming intoxicated get drunk at night.
  8. but let us, being of the day, be self-controlled, clothing ourselves with the breastplate of faith and love and putting on the helmet of saving hope
  9. God has not appointed us for wrath but rather for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
  10. the one having died for us, in order that, whether we are watchful or are sleeping, we may be living together with him.
  11. Wherefore encourage/console one another and build up one another, even as also you do.
  12. But I ask you, brothers and sisters, to stand in a (close) relation to those who toil among you and rule/care for you in the Lord and admonish/instruct you,
  13. and to regard them most highly, in love, for their works. Be at peace among yourselves.
  14. but we encourage you, brothers and sisters, admonish the idle, encourage the faint-hearted, pay attention to the downtrodden, be patient toward all.
  15. See that no one renders evil for evil, but rather always aspire to the good toward one another and toward all.
  16. always rejoice,
  17. pray constantly,
  18. in everything give thanks: for this is God's will in Christ Jesus toward you
  19. Do not suppress the Spirit
  20. Do not disdain the utterances of the prophet
  21. but examine all, hold fast what is good,
  22. From all appearances of sinfulness keep away.
  23. But the one God of peace sanctify you through and through, and may you completely, spirit and soul and body, be preserved in the parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  24. Faithful [is] the one calling you, and likewise [that one] will do.
  25. Brothers and sisters, pray [also] for us.
  26. Welcome all the brothers and sisters with
  27. a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord that this epistle to be read to all the brothers and sisters.
  28. The grace of our lord Jesus Christ [be] with you.