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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE

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THESSALONIANS.

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PAUL, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

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We give thanks to God always for you all, making 3) 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, before our God and Father; "knowing, brethren beloved of God, your elec(5 tion, how that our gospel came not unto you in word. only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much 3assurance; even as ye know what manner of men 6 we shewed ourselves toward you for "And ye your sake. "And became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost ; "so that ye became an ensample to all that believe in (8 Macedonia and in Achaia. "For from you hath sounded

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forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith to God-ward is gone forth; so that we need not to speak any thing. "For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God to from idols, to serve a living and true God, "and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivereth us from the wrath to come.

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1 Or, because our gospel &c.

2 Or, Holy Spirit

3 Or, fulness

A. V. CH. I. I Timotheus.. (which is). .(in).. (be) unto. . [from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ]; 3 in the sight of; 5 For.. were [among]; 6 followers; 7 were ensamples; 8 out.. [also].. spread abroad; 9 shew of..to.. the 10 delivered.

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For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto (2 you, that it hath not been found vain: "but having suffered before, and been shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we waxed bold in our God to speak unto you 3 the gospel of God in much conflict. "For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: "but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing 5 men, but God which proveth our hearts. "For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye (6) know, nor a cloke of covetousness, God is witness; "nor seeking glory of men, neither from you, nor from others, when we might have been burdensome, as apostles of Christ. "But we were gentle in the midst of you, as 8 when a nurse cherisheth her own children: "even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us. (9 "For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail : working night and day, that we might not burden any of Io you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. "Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and righteously and unblameably we behaved ourselves toward you that be(11)lieve: "as ye know how we dealt with each one of you, as a father with his own children, exhorting you, and en12 couraging you, and testifying, "to the end that ye should walk worthily of God, who calleth you into his own kingdom and glory.

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And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing,
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ye received from us 4 the word of the message,

2 Most of the ancient authorities read babes.
4 Gr. the word of hearing.

1 Or, claimed honour
ancient authorities read called.

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A. V. CH. II. I entrance.. was..(in); 2 [even] (after that we) had.. were.. were.. with ..contention; 3 was..deceit; 4 were allowed. . put in trust. . trieth; 5 used.. flattering; 6 sought (we)..of..(yet) of.. (the); 7 among..even; 8 willing..have imparted..unto; 9 [for] labouring.. because.. would.. be chargeable unto; 10 justly.. among; II exhorted ..comforted.. | charged | every..(doth); 12 would.. worthy..hath called..unto; 13 because.. which ye heard of.

even the word of God, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also (14) worketh in you that believe. "For ye, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judæa in Christ Jesus for ye also suffered the same things of your (15 own countrymen, even as they did of the Jews; "who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drave out us, and please not God, and are contrary to all men; 16 "forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins alway: but the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

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17 But we, brethren, being bereaved of you for 1a short season, in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more (18 exceedingly to see your face with great desire: "because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; (19 and Satan hindered us. "For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at his coming? "For ye are our glory and our joy. 3 I Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we (2 thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone; "and sent Timothy, our brother and God's minister in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you (3 concerning your faith; "that no man be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that hereunto we are 4 appointed. "For verily, when we were with you, we told 4 beforehand that we are to suffer affliction; even as 5) it came to pass, and ye know. "For this cause I also, when I could no longer forbear, sent that I might know your faith, lest by any means the tempter had tempted 6) you, and our labour should be in vain. "But when Timothy came even now unto us from you, and brought us

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A. V.-received..(effectually); 14 followers..(have).. | like..have; 15 their [own].. have persecuted.. (they); 16 might. . for; 17 taken from..time.. abundantly; 18 | Wherefore..(even).. but; 19 rejoicing..in the presence of.. [Christ].—CH. III. 2 Timotheus ..of God, [and our fellowlabourer]; 3 (should).. thereunto; 4 before.. should.. tribu5 to..some..have; 6 Timotheus.

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glad tidings of your faith and love, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, longing to see us, even 7) as we also to see you; "for this cause, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction 8 through your faith: "for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. "For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for Io your sakes before our God; "night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

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Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way unto you: "and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and (13) toward all men, even as we also do toward you; "to the

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end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints."

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Finally then, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as ye received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, even as ye do walk,—that ye abound more and more. "For ye know what charge we (3 gave you through the Lord Jesus. "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from (4 fornication; "that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honour, 5 "not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles which (6) know not God; "that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in the matter: because the Lord is an avenger all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified. (7) "For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctifica

1 Gr. presence.
4 Or, overreach

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5 Or, told you plainly

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3 Gr. charges.

A. V.-good.. charity.. desiring greatly; 7 Therefore.. by; 9 thanks..to; 10 might.. might; I [Christ]; 13 even.. .. [Christ].- -CH. IV. I Furthermore..(you) by.. (have)..s ..(would); 2 commandments..by; 3 (should); 4 every..(should); 5 lust..concupiscence; 6 go beyond..defraud..any. .(that). . the..of.. such. . (have); 7 (hath).. unto.. unto holiness.

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"Therefore he that rejecteth, rejecteth not man,

but God, who giveth his Holy Spirit unto you.

But concerning love of the brethren ye have no need that one write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another; "for indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia. But we

exhort you, brethren, that ye abound more and more; (II "and that ye 1 study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your hands, even as we charged (12 you; "that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and may have need of nothing.

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But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as 14 the rest, which have no hope. "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are (15 fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the 3 coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. 16 "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a

shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump (17) of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: "then we

that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air and 18 so shall we ever be with the Lord. "Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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5 I But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that aught be written unto you. "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so (3 cometh as a thief in the night. "When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall

1 Gr. be ambitious. 4 Or, exhort

2 Gr. through. Or, will God through Jesus

3 Gr. presence.

A.V.-8 despiseth, despiseth.. hath | (also) | given [..] us |; 9 (as) touching brotherly ..not..I; 10 And.. beseech.. increase; II [own]..commanded; 12 (that ye)..lack; 13 I..(to be).. which | are |..others; 14 which sleep; 15 which.. (and) remain.. not prevent..which; 17 which. (and) remain. CH. V. I of..I write ; 3 [For].. shall say.

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