He gives thanks to God for their faith and constancy: and
prays for their advancement in all good.
1 Paul, and Sylvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians,
in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus
3 We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, as it is meet,
because your faith increaseth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you towards each other, aboundeth:
4 So that we ourselves also glory in you in the churches of God, for your
patience and faith, and in all your persecutions and tribulations, which you endure,
5 For an example of the just judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy
of the kingdom of God, for which also you suffer.
6 Seeing it is a just thing with God to repay tribulation to them that
7 And to you who are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be
revealed from heaven with the Angels of his power,
8 In a flame of fire, inflicting vengeance to them, who know not God, and
who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 Who shall suffer eternal pains in destruction, from the face of the Lord,
and from the glory of his power:
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be made wonderful
in all them who have believed: because our testimony was believed upon you in that day.
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you: that our God would make you worthy
of his calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith in power,
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in
him, according to the grace of our God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.