1 Paul, and Sylvanus, and Timothy, to the assembly of Thessalonians in God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you, and peace.
2 We give thanks to God at all times 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 hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father; 4 knowing, brethren beloved by God, your election; 5 because our Gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; even as ye know what manner of men we became toward you, for your sake. 6 And ye became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with joy of the Holy Spirit; 7 so that ye became a model to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For from you has sounded forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God has gone forth; so that we have no need to speak anything; 9 for they themselves report, concerning us, what manner of entrance we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve a 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 coming wrath.