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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE

TO THE

THESSALONIANS.

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you for

"And ye

1(1 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. 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 4) 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 'assurance; even as ye know what manner of men 6 we shewed ourselves toward

your

sake. 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

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 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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'Or, because our gospel &c.

? Or, Holy Spirit

3 Or, fulness

A. V.-CH. I. 1 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 1 ; 8 out.. [also)..spread abroad : 9 shew of..to.. the : 10 delivered.

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2 (1 For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto (2 you, that it hath not been found vain : "but having suf

fered before, and been shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we waxed bold in our God to speak unto you 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 in

trusted 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

"But we were ' gentle in the midst of you, as 8 when a nurse cherisheth her own children: leven so, be

ing 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.

remember, brethren, our labour and travail : working night and day, that we might not burden any of 10 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(!!) 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. (13) And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing,

that, when ye received from us 4 the word of the message,

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"For ye

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1 Or, claimed honour . Most of the ancient authorities read babes.

ancient authorities read called. 4 Gr. the word of hearing.

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 ; 11 exhorted ..comforted.. | charged | every..(doth); 12 would.. worthy.. hath called..unto ; 13 because.. which ye heard of.

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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.

But we, brethren, being bereaved of you for 'a 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.

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 3 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

you 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

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your faith, lest by any means the tempter had tempted 6) you, and our labour should be in vain. "But when Timo

thy came even now unto us from you, and brought us
1 Gr. a season of an hour.
fellow-worker with God. * Or, plainly

? Gr. presence.

3 Some ancient authorities read

A. V.-received .. (effectually); 14 followers..(have). . I like... have ; 15 their [own].. have persecuted..(they) ; 16 might..for ; 17 taken from .. time.. abundantly ; 18 | Where. fore ...(even)..but; 19 rejoicing..in the presence of.. [Christ). -CH. III. 2 Timotheus ..of God, [and our fellowlabourer] ; 3 (should).. thereunto ; 4 before..should.. tribulation ; 5 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 10 your sakes before our God; "night and day praying ex

ceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect

that which is lacking in your faith? (11) Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord 12 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

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.” 4(1) 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,

do walk,—that ye abound more and more. "For ye know what Scharge 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,

"not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles which (know not God; "that no man “transgress, and wrong his

brother in the matter : because the Lord is an avenger in

all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified. (7) "For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctifica

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1 Gr. presence.

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3 Gr. charges.

Many ancient authorities add Amen.
5 Or, told you plainly

4 Or, overreach

A. V.-good..charity.. desiring greatly ; 7 Therefore..by; 9 thanks..to ; 10 might.. might; u1 [Christ] ; 13 even.. [Christ). -CH. iv. 1 Furthermore. .(you) by..(have)..so ...(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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But we

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(8) tion. "Therefore he that rejecteth, rejecteth not man,

but God, who giveth his Holy Spirit unto you. (9 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.

exhort you, brethren, that ye abound more and more ; (11 "and that ye 1 study to be quiet, and to do your own busi

ness, 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. (13

But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as 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 4 comfort one another with these words.

But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye 2 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 Gr. be ambitious. ? Gr. through. Or, will God through Jesus

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3 Gr. presence. * Or, exhort

A.V.—8 despiseth, despiseth.. hath | (also) | given I.. us ; 9 (as) touching brotherly ...not..I ; 10 And.. beseech..increase ; 11 [own]..commanded ; 12 (that ye). .lack ; 13 11 |..(to be)..which / are l..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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