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know, at Philippi, we were bold
in our God to speak unto you the March 10, July 9, Nov. 5.
gospel of God with much contenDAUL, and Silvanus, and T1- tion. For our exhortation was not I motheus, unto the church of of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor the Thessalonians which is in God in guile: but as we were allowed the Father and in the Lord Jesus of God to be put in trust with Christ: Grace be unto you, and the gospel, even so we speak; not peace, from God our Father, and as pleasing men, but God, which the Lord Jesus Christ. We give trieth our hearts. For neither at thanks to God always for you all, any time used we flattering words, making mention of you in our as ye know, nor a cloke of covetprayers; remembering without ousness; God is witness: nor of ceasing your work of faith, and men sought we glory, neither of labour of love, and patience of you, nor yet of others, when we hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, might have been burdensome, as in the sight of God and our Fa the apostles of Christ. But we ther; knowing, brethren beloved, were gentle among you, even as your election of God. For our a nurse cherisheth her children: gospel came not unto you in word so being affectionately desirous of only, but also in power, and in you, we were willing to have imthe Holy Ghost, and in much as parted unto you, not the gospel surance; as ye know what man of God only, but also our own ner of men we were among you souls, because ye were dear unto for your sake. And ye became us. For ye remember, brethren, followers of us, and of the Lord, our labour and travail : for lahaving received the word in much bouring night and day, because affliction, with joy of the Holy we would not be chargeable unto Ghost : so that ye were ensamples any of you, we preached unto you to all that believe in Macedonia the gospel of God. Ye are witand Achaia. For from you sound nesses, and God also, how holily ed out the word of the Lord not and justly and unblameably we only in Macedonia and Achaia, behaved ourselves among you that but also in every place your faith believe: as ye know how we ex. to God-ward is spread abroad; so horted and comforted and charged that we need not to speak any every one of you, as a father doth thing. For they themselves shew his children, that ye would walk of us what manner of entering in worthy of God, who hath called we had unto you, and how ye you unto his kingdom and glory. turned to God from idols to serve For this cause also thank we God the living and true God; and to without ceasing, because, when ye wait for his Son from heaven, received the word of God which whom he raised from the dead, ye heard of us, ye received it not even Jesus, which delivered us as the word of men, but as it is from the wrath to come.
in truth, the word of God, which
effectually worketh also in you СНАР. ш.
that believe. For ye, brethren, March 11, July 10, Nov. 6.
became followers of the churches
of God which in Judæa are in TOR yourselves, brethren, know Christ Jesus : for ye also have
our entrance in unto you, that suffered like things of your own it was not in vain : but even after countrymen, even as they have of that we had suffered before, and the Jews: who both killed the were shamefully entreated, as ye | Lord Jesus, and their own pro
phets, and have persecuted us; | might see your face, and might and they please not God, and are perfect that which is lacking in contrary to all men : forbidding your faith? Now God himself and us to speak to the Gentiles that our Father, and our Lord Jesus they might be saved, to fill up Christ, direct our way unto you. their sins alway: for the wrath is And the Lord make you to income upon them to the uttermost. crease and abound in love one toBut we, brethren, being taken ward another, and toward all men, from you for a short time in pre even as we do toward you: to the sence, not in heart, endeavoured end he may stablish your hearts the more abundantly to see your unblameable in holiness before face with great desire. Wherefore God, even our Father, at the we would have come unto you, coming of our Lord Jesus Christ even I Paul, once and again; but with all his saints. Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of re
CHAP. IV. joicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ
Afarch 13, July 12, Nov. 8. at his coming? For ye are our TURTHERMORE then we beglory and joy.
T seech you, brethren, and ex
hort you by the Lord Jesus, that CHAP. III.
as ye have received of us how ye March 12, July 11, Nov. 7.
ought to walk and to please God,
so ye would abound more and W HEREFORE when we more. For ye know what com
V could no longer forbear, we mardments we gave you by the thought it good to be left at Lord Jesus. For this is the will Athens alone; and sent Timo of God, even your sanctification, theus, our brother, and minister that ye should abstain from forof God, and our fellowlabourer in nication: that every one of you the gospel of Christ, to establish should know how to possess his you, and to comfort you concern vessel in sanctification and honing your faith : that no man should our; not in the lust of concupisbe moved by these afflictions: for cence, even as the Gentiles which yourselves know that we are ap know not God: that no man go pointed thereunto. For verily, when beyond and defraud his brother in we were with you, we told you
any matter : because that the Lord before that we should suffer tri is the avenger of all such, as we bulation ; even as it came to pass, also have forewarned you and tesand ye know. For this cause, tified. For God hath not called when I could no longer forbear, us unto uncleanness, but unto I sent to know your faith, lest holiness. He therefore that deby some means the tempter have spiseth, despiseth not man, but tempted you, and our labour be God, who hath also given unto in vain. But now when Timo us his holy Spirit. But as touchtheus came from you unto us, and ing brotherly love ye need not brought us good tidings of your that I write unto you: for ye faith and charity, and that ye yourselves are taught of God to
love one another. And indeed ye ways, desiring greatly to see us, do it toward all the brethren which as we also to see you: therefore, are in all Macedonia: but we bebrethren, we were comforted over seech you, brethren, that ye inyou in all our affliction and dis crease more and more; and that tress by your faith: for now we ye study to be quiet, and to do live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. your own business, and to work For what thanks can we render with your own hands, as we comto God again for you, for all the manded you; that ye may walk joy wherewith we joy for your honestly toward them that are sakes before our God; night and without, and that ye may have day praying exceedingly that we | lack of nothing. But I would not
ways, desiring embrance of us are
have you to be ignorant, brethren, | be sober, putting on the breastconcerning them which are asleep, plate of faith and love; and for that ye sorrow not, even as others an helmet, the hope of salvation. which have no hope. For if we For God hath not appointed us believe that Jesus died and rose to wrath, but to obtain salvation again, even so them also which | by our Lord Jesus Christ, who sleep in Jesus will God bring with died for us, that, whether we wake him. For this we say unto you or sleep, we should live together by the word of the Lord, that we with him. Wherefore comfort yourwhich are alive and remain unto selves together, and edify one anthe coming of the Lord shall not other, even as also ye do. prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall de Ver. 12. And we beseech you, scend from heaven with a shout, brethren, to know them which with the voice of the archangel, labour among you, and are over and with the trump of God: and you in the Lord, and admonish the dead in Christ shall rise first: you; and to esteem them very then we which are alive and re highly in love for their work's main shall be caught up together sake. And be at peace among with them in the clouds, to meet yourselves. Now we exhort you, the Lord in the air: and so shall brethren, warn them that are unwe ever be with the Lord. Where ruly, comfort the feebleminded. fore comfort one another with support the weak, be patient tothese words.
ward all men. See that none ren
der evil for evil unto any man; CHAP. V.
but ever follow that which is good,
both among yourselves, and to all March 14, July 13, Nov. 9.
men. Rejoice evermore. Pray withTuesday in Whitsun-week, Morn out ceasing. In every thing give
thanks : for this is the will of God ing, ver. 12 to ver. 24.
in Christ Jesus concerning you. PUT of the times and the sea Quench not the Spirit. Despise D sons, brethren, ye have no not prophesyings. Prove all things; need that I write unto you. For hold fast that which is good. Abyourselves know perfectly that the stain from all appearance of evil. day of the Lord so cometh as a And the very God of peace sanethief in the night. For when they tify you wholly; and I pray God shall say, Peace and safety; then your whole spirit and soul and sudden destruction cometh upon body be preserved blameless unto them, as travail upon a woman the coming of our Lord Jesus with child; and they shall not es Christ. cape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should Ver. 24. Faithful is he that callovertake you as a thief. Ye are eth you, who also will do it. Breall the children of light, and the thren, pray for us. Greet all the children of the day: we are not brethren with an holy kiss. I of the night, nor of darkness. charge you by the Lord that this Therefore let us not sleep, as do epistle be read unto all the holy others; but let us watch and be brethren. The grace of our Lord sober. For they that sleep sleep Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. in the night ; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. The first epistle unto the ThessaloBut let us, who are of the day, nians was written from Athens.
CHAP. II. March 15, July 14, Nov. 10. March 16, July 15, Nov. 11. PAUL, and Silvanus, and Ti-Now we beseech you, brethren, I motheus, unto the church of N by the coming of our Lord the Thessalonians in God our Fa Jesus Christ, and by our gatherther and the Lord Jesus Christ: ing together unto him, that ye be Grace unto you, and peace, from not soon shaken in mind, or be God our Father and the Lord Je troubled, neither by spirit, nor by sus Christ. We are bound to thank word, nor by letter as from us, God always for you, brethren, as as that the day of Christ is at it is meet, because that your faith hand. Let no man deceive you by groweth exceedingly, and the cha any means: for that day shall not rity of every one of you all toward come, except there come a falling each other aboundeth; so that away first, and that man of sin we ourselves glory in you in the be revealed, the son of perdition ; churches of God for your patience who opposeth and exalteth himand faith in all your persecutions self above all that is called God, and tribulations that ye endure: or that is worshipped ; so that he as which is a manifest token of the God sitteth in the temple of God, righteous judgment of God, that shewing himself that he is God. ye may be counted worthy of the Remember ye not, that, when I kingdom of God, for which ye was yet with you, I told you these also suffer: seeing it is a righte things? And now ye know what ous thing with God to recompense withholdeth that he might be retribulation to them that trouble vealed in his time. For the mysyou; and to you who are troubled tery of iniquity doth already work: rest with us, when the Lord Je-l only he who now letteth will let, sus shall be revealed from heaven until he be taken out of the way. with his mighty angels, in flam And then shall that Wicked be ing fire taking vengeance on them revealed, whom the Lord shall that know not God, and that obey consume with the spirit of his not the gospel of our Lord Jesus mouth, and shall destroy with the Christ : who shall be punished brightness of his coming : even with everlasting destruction from him, whose coming is after the the presence of the Lord, and working of Satan with all power from the glory of his power; when and signs and lying wonders, and he shall come to be glorified in with all deceivableness of unrighhis saints, and to be admired in teousness in them that perish; beall them that believe (because our cause they received not the love testimony among you was beliey of the truth, that they might be ed) in that day. Wherefore also saved. And for this cause God we pray always for you, that our shall send them strong delusion, God would count you worthy of that they should believe a lie: this calling, and fulfil all the good that they all might be damned pleasure of his goodness, and the who believed not the truth, but work of faith with power : that | had pleasure in unrighteousness. the name of our Lord Jesus | But we are bound to give thanks Christ may be gloritied in you, alway to God for you, brethren and ye in him, according to the beloved of the Lord, because God grace of our God and the Lord hath from the beginning chosen Jésus Christ.
| you to salvation through sancti
fication of the Spirit and belief of he received of us. For yourselves the truth: whereunto he called know how ye ought to follow us: you by our gospel, to the obtain- for we behaved not ourselves disIng of the glory of our Lord Jesus orderly among you ; neither did Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand we eat any man's bread for nought; fast, and hold the traditions which but wrought with labour and traye have been taught, whether by vail night and day, that we might word, or our epistle. Now our Lord not be chargeable to any of you: Jesus Christ himself, and God, not because we have not power, even our Father, which hath loved but to make ourselves an ensamus, and hath given us everlasting ple unto you to follow us. For consolation and good hope through even when we were with you, this grace, comfort your hearts, and we commanded you, that if any stablish you in every good word would not work, neither should and work.
he eat. For we hear that there CHAP. III.
are some which walk among you
disorderly, working not at all, March 17, July 16, Nov. 12.
but are busybodies. Now them LINALLY, brethren, pray for that are such we command and
T us, that the word of the Lord exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, may have free course, and be glo that with quietness they work, rified, even as it is with you: and and eat their own bread. But ye, that we may be delivered from brethren, be not weary in well unreasonable and wicked men : | doing. And if any man obey not for all men have not faith. But our word by this epistle, note that the Lord is faithful, who shall man, and have no company with stablish you, and keep you from him, that he may be ashamed. evil. And we have confidence in Yet count him not as an enemy, the Lord touching you, that ye but admonish him as a brother. both do and will do the things Now the Lord of peace himself which we command you. And the give you peace always by all Lord direct your hearts into the means. The Lord be with you all. love of God, and into the patient The salutation of Paul with mine waiting for Christ. Now we com own hand, which is the token in mand you, brethren, in the name every epistle: So I write. The of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be withdraw yourselves from every with you all. Amen. brother that walketh disorderly,
The second epistle to the Thessalo. and not after the tradition which
nians was written from Athens.