1 Thessalonians 1

Thanksgiving for These Believers

1 a  Paul and b  Silvanus and c  Timothy,

To the d  church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: e  Grace to you and peace.

2 f  We give thanks to God always for all of you, g  making mention of you in our prayers; 3constantly bearing in mind your h  work of faith and labor of i  love and
Or perseverance
k  steadfastness of hope
Lit of
in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of m  our God and Father,
4knowing n  brethren beloved by God o  His choice of you; 5for our p  gospel did not come to you in word only, but also q  in power and in the Holy Spirit and with r  full conviction; just as you know s  what kind of men we
Or became
proved to be among you for your sake.
6You also became u  imitators of us and of the Lord v  having received w  the word in much tribulation with the x  joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in y  Macedonia and in z  Achaia. 8For aa  the word of the Lord has ab  sounded forth from you, not only in ac  Macedonia and ad  Achaia, but also ae  in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 9For they themselves report about us what kind of a
Lit entrance
ag  reception we had
Lit to
with you, and how you ai  turned to God aj  from
Or the idols
idols to serve
Or the
am  a living and true God,
10and to an  wait for His Son from
Lit the heavens
heaven, whom He ap  raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who aq  rescues us from ar  the wrath to come.
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