The First to the Thessalonians
1 Paul, Sil·vaʹnus,+ and Timothy,+ to the congregation of the Thes·sa·loʹni·ans+ in union with God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:+
May you have undeserved kindness and peace.
2 We always thank God when we mention all of you in our prayers,+ 3 for we continually remember your faithful work, your loving labor, and your endurance because of your hope+ in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, his choosing of you, 5 because the good news we preach did not come to you with speech alone but also with power and with holy spirit and with strong conviction,+ just as you know what sort of men we became among you for your sakes. 6 And you became imitators of us+ and of the Lord,+ seeing that you accepted the word under much tribulation+ with joy of holy spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Mac·e·doʹni·a and in A·chaʹia.
8 The fact is, not only has the word of Jehovah sounded out from you in Mac·e·doʹni·a and A·chaʹia but your faith in God has spread abroad in every place,+ so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For they themselves keep reporting about our first contact with you and how you turned to God from your idols+ to slave for a living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from the heavens,+ whom he raised up from the dead, namely, Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming.+