To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace to you and peace.
Divisions (anticipated in the Proem expansion elements):
1. Chapters 2-3 (1:3-9): Paul's positive relations with the Thessalonian Christians
3:1 Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing to be left behind at Athens alone, 3:2 and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant in the gospel of Christ, to establish you in your faith and to exhort you, 3:3 that no one be moved by these afflictions. You yourselves know that this is to be our lot. 3:4 For when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction; just as it has come to pass, and as you know. 3:5 For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent that I might know your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and that our labor would be in vain.
3:6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love and reported that you always remember us kindly and long to see us, as we long to see you — 3:7 for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we have been comforted about you through your faith; 3:8 for now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord. 3:9 For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy which we feel for your sake before our God, 3:10 praying earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?
4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from unchastity; 4:4 that each one of you know how to take a wife for himself in holiness and honor, 4:5 not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God; 4:6 that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you. 4:7 For God has not called us for uncleanness, but in holiness. 4:8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
4:13-18 (Designated Text):
5:1-11 (Designated Text):
5:25 Brethren, pray for us.
5:26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
5:27 I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brethren.
5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1Acts 17:1-10a. 1After Paul and Silas had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. 2And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three sabbath days argued with them from the scriptures, 3explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, "This is the Messiah, Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you." 4Some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5But the Jews became jealous, and with the help of some ruffians in the marketplaces they formed a mob and set the city in an uproar. While they were searching for Paul and Silas to bring them out to the assembly, they attacked Jason's house. 6When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some believers before the city authorities, shouting, "These people who have been turning the world upside down have come here also, 7and Jason has entertained them as guests. They are all acting contrary to the decrees of the emperor, saying that there is another king named Jesus." 8The people and the city officials were disturbed when they heard this, 9and after they had taken bail from Jason and the others, they let them go.
10That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea;
To the church of the Thessalo'nians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
1:2 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1:5 This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be made worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering — 1:6 since indeed God deems it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 1:7 and to grant rest with us to you who are afflicted, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, 1:8 inflicting vengeance upon those who do not know God and upon those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 1:9 They shall suffer the punishment of eternal destruction and exclusion from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 1:10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at in all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 1:11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his call, and may fulfill every good resolve and work of faith by his power, 1:12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Divisions (anticipated in the Proem expansion elements):
1. Chapter 2 (1:3b-10): What will the Day of the Lord be like?
2. Chapter 3 (1:11-12): Being legitimately watchful for the Lord's Return
3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 3:7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, 3:8 we did not eat any one's bread without paying, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you. 3:9 It was not because we have not that right, but to give you in our conduct an example to imitate. 3:10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: If any one will not work, let him not eat. 3:11 For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. 3:12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own living. 3:13 Brethren, do not be weary in well-doing.
3:14 If any one refuses to obey what we say in this letter, note that man, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 3:15 Do not look on him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
3:17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the mark in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.