1 PAUL and Sylvanus [Silas] and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be to you and peace.
2 We thank God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God even our Father, 4 knowing, brothers beloved by God, your election, 5 that our gospel came not to you in word only, but with power and with the Holy Spirit and with full assurance, as you know what we were among you for your sakes. 6 And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you the word of the Lord was proclaimed not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith with respect to God went into every place, so that we had no need to say any thing; 9 for they declare of us what introduction we had to you, and how you turned from idols to God, to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come.