1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy. To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace to you, and peace from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I ought always to thank God for you, brothers, as is fitting because of the abundant growth of your faith and of the overflowing love with which every one of you is filled toward one another. 4 So that I myself am boasting about you among the churches of God, boasting of the stedfastness and faith which you are displaying in all the troubles and afflictions which you are enduring. 5 They are an evidence of the righteous judgment of God, who will count you worthy of his kingdom, in behalf of which you are even now suffering. 6 For truly God's justice must render back trouble to those who are troubling you, 7 and give to you, who are now troubled, rest, along with me at the unveiling "apocalypse" of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with his mighty angels, 8 in flaming fire. Then shall he take vengeance on those who know not God, even on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They shall suffer punishment, even an eternal destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the brightness of his glorious majesty, 10 when he comes to be glorified in his saints, and to be wondered at in all believers, on that Day; (for you also believed our testimony). 11 To this end I am making my constant prayer for you, beseeching God to make you worthy of your calling, and to fulfil mightily every desire of goodness and effort of faith; 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in him, according to the grace of our God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.