1 Paul, Silvanus and Timothy. Unto the congregation of the Thessalonians, in God the father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with you, and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give God thanks always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers 3 without ceasing, and call to remembrance your work in the faith, and labour in love and perseverance in the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God our father: 4 because we know brethren beloved of God, how that ye are elect. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and also in the holy ghost and in much certainty, as ye know after what manner we behaved ourselves among you, for your sakes. 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord: and received the word in much affliction, with joy of the holy ghost: 7 so that ye were an example to all that believe in Macedonia, and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord, not in Macedonia and in Achaia only: but your faith also which ye have unto God, spread herself abroad in all quarters, so greatly that it needeth not us to speak anything at all: 9 for they themselves show of you what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from images for to serve the living and true God, 10 and for to look for his son from heaven, whom he raised from death: I mean Jesus, which delivereth us from wrath to come.