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being no longer able to bear how ye ought to walk, and to my solicitude, I sent to know please God, ye would abound your faith ; fearing lest by more and more. 2 For ye know some means the tempter had what commandments we gave tempted you, and our labour you by the authority of the Lord might be in vain.
Jesus. 6 But now, when Timothy 3 For this is the will of God, came to us from you, and even your sanctification; that brought us glad tidings of your ye abstain from fornication; faith and love, and that ye have 4 that every one of you know a good remembrance of us al. how to keep his body* in ways, longing to see us, as we sanctification and honour ; 5 also do, to see you ; 7 for this (not in the passion of desire, cause, brethren, we were com- even as the nations that know forted concerning you in all not God;) 6 so as not to go our affliction and distress, even beyond and overreach his bro. by your faith : 8 for now, if yether in this matter: because stand firmly in the Lord, we the Lord is an avenger of all live indeed.
such, as we have also formerly 9 For what thanks can we told you, and testified. return to God because of you, 7 For God hath not called for all the joy with which we us to uncleanness, but to sancrejoice for your sakes before tification. 8 He therefore who our God; 10 night and day despiseth, despiseth not man, praying very exceedingly, that but God; who hath also given we might see your face, and to us his holy spirit. might perfect that which re- 9 NOW as concerning bromaineth behind of your faith? | therly kindness, ye need not
11 Now may our God and that I write to you: for ye yourFather himself, and our Lord selves are taught of God to Jesus Christ, direct our way to love one another: '10 and inyou. 12 And may (the Lord] deed ye do this towards all the make you to increase and brethren who are in all Maceabound in love one towards an-donia. But we beseech you, other, and towards all men, even brethren, that ye abound in love as we do towards you : 13 that still more; 11 and that ye he may establish your hearts earnestly strive to be quiet, and in holiness unblameable before to do your own business, and our God and Father, at the to work with your own hands, coming of our Lord Jesus as we formerly commanded you; [ Christ7 with all his saints. 12 that ye may walk becom
Ch. IV. 1 FINALLY, then we ingly towards those who are beseech you, brethren, and ex- without, and that ye may have hort you in the Lord Jesus, need of nothing. that, as ye have received of us! 13 NOW we would not have
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you ignorant, brethren, con, 4 But ye, brethren, are not cerning those who are fallen in darkness, that the last day asleep; that ye grieve not, I should overtake you as a thief. even as others, who have no 5 For all ye are sons of light, hope. 14 For since we believe and sons of the day; we are not that Jesus died, and arose ; of the night and of darkness, 6 so also, we believe that God, So then let us not sleep, even through Jesus, will bring with as others; but let us watch, him also those who are fallen and be sober. 7 For those who asleep.
sleep, sleep by night; and those 15 For this we say to you, who are drunken, are drunken by the word of the Lord, that by night. 8 But let us, who are we who shall be alive, and who of the day, be sober; and put shall remain to the appearance on the breast-plate of faith and of the Lord, shall not be before love, and, for an helmet, the those who are fallen asleep. hope of salvation. 9 For God
16 For the Lord himself will hath not appointed us to wrath, come down from heaven with but to the obtaining of salva. a shout, with the voice of an tion through our Lord Jesus archangel, and with the trum-Christ; 10 who died for us, pet of God : and the dead in that, whether we are waking Christ will first be raised : 17 or sleeping at that day, we afterward, we who shall be alive, shall live together with him. 11 and who shall remain, shall be Wlierefore, comfort each other, caught up together with them and edify one another, even as in clouds, to meet the Lord | ye do. in the air : and so, we shall 12 NOW we beseech you, ever be with the Lord. 18 brethren, to acknowledge those Wherefore, comfort ye one an. who labour among you, and other with ihese words.*
preside over you in the Lord, Ch. V. 1 But concerning the and admonish you ; 13 and to times and the seasons, brethren, esteem them very highly in ye have no need that I write love for the sake of their office. to you. 2 For yourselves well Be at peace among yourselves, know that the day of the Lord | 14 And we exhort you, brethwill come as a thief in the ren, admonish those who are night. 3 When men shall say, disorderly, comfort the feeble. “ Peace and safety;" then sud- minded, support the weak, be den destruction will come upon long-suffering towards all. them, as pangs upon a woman 15 See that none render evil with child: and they shall not for evil to any; but always folescape.
I low that which is good, [both] towards one another and to- wholly: and may you throughwards all men.
*Observe here, that all the consolation, which the apostle administers to the bereaved and mourning Thessalonians, is derived from the Christian hope of a resurrection, and from what would happen at that awful and glorious period. He takes no notice of an intervening state of perception and felicity of which their deceased friends were even then in possessione A circumstance which the apostle could hardly have omitted, had the existence of such a state been revealed to him." Im. Ver. Dote.
out, spirit, life, and body, be 16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray preserved unblameable to the without ceasing : 18 in every appearance of our Lord Jesús thing give thanks: for this Christ. 24 Faithful is he who is the will of God in Christ calleth you; and he will also Jesus concerning you. 19/ do this.* Quench not the spirit. 20 Des- 25 BRETHREN pray for us. pise not prophesyings : 21 but 26 Salute all the brethren with prove all things; and hold fast a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by that which is good. 22 Ab- the Lord that this epistle be stain from all appearance of read to all the [holy] brethren.
28 The favour of our Lord 23 And may the God of Jesus Christ be with you. peace himself sanctify you | Amen:
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I just judgment of God, and to 1 PAUL and Sylvanus, and the end that ye may be renderTimothy, to the church of the ed worthy of the kingdom of Thessalonians which is in God God, for which ye even suffer: our Father, and in our Lord 6 since it is a just thing with Jesus Christ : 2 favour be to God, to recompense affiction you, and peace, from God (our] to those who afflict you: 7 but Father, and from our Lord Je to you who are afflicted, rest sus Christ.
with us, when the Lord Jesus 3 WE ought to thank God shall be revealed from heaven, continually for you, brethren, as with his mighty angels, 8 in it is fit, that your faith increas- flaming fire, taking vengeance eth exceedingly, and that the on those who know not God, love of every one of you all to, and who obey not the gospel of wards each other aboundeth : our Lord Jesus Christ : 9 4 so that we ourselves glory these shall suffer punishment, in you among the churches of even aionian destruction, from God, for your patience and the presence of the Lord, and faith in all your persecutions from the glory of his power; ani amictions which ye endure; 10 when he shall come in that 5 for a manifestation of the day to be glorified by his saints, and to be admired by all those , now ye know what hindereth; who have believed : (for our | to the end that he may be retestimony among you hath been vealed in his own time. 7 For believed.)
* i. e. he will grant my petition for you.
the mystery of unrighteousness 11 To which end also we already workeih: only he who pray for you always, that our now hindereth will hinder, until God would render you worthy he be taken out of the way. 8 of this calling, and accomplish And then the unrighteous one with power, every kind inten- will be revealed, whom the tion of beneficence, and work Lord Jesus will consume with of faith : 12 that the name of the breath of his mouth, and our Lord Jesus Christ may be will destroy with the brightness glorified in you, and ye in of his appearance: 9 even him, him, according to the favour whose appearance is according of our God, and of our Lord to the working of the adverJesus Christ.
sary, with all false miracles CH. II. 1 NOW we beseech and signs and wonders, 10 you, brethren, concerning the and with all iniquitous deceit appearance of our Lord Jesus [among] those who are lost; Christ, and our gathering to- because they received not the gether to him, 2 that ye be not love of the truth, that they easily shaken from your judg- might be saved. ment, or troubled, either by re- 11 And for this cause God velation of the spirit, or by will send them a mighty workword, or by epistle, as from us, / ing of error, that they should that the day of the Lord is believe a falsehood ; 12 so that instantly coming. *
| all will be condemned who be3 Let no one by any means lieve not the truth, but have deceive you : for that day will pleasure [in] iniquity. not come, unless there come 13 But we ought always first a falling away, and the to give thanks to God for you, man of sin be revealed, the brethren, beloved of the Lord, son of destruction; 4 who op- that God from the beginning poseth, and exalteth himself chose you to salvation, in holiabove every one who is called ness of spirit, and belief of god, or the object of worship: so the truth : 14 for which end, he that he sitteth in the temple of hath called you through our God, showing himself to be a gospel, to the obtaining of the god.
is glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 Remember ye not, that, 15 So then, brethren, stand when I was yet with you, I firmly, and hold fast the traditold you these things ? 6 And I tions which ye have been taught, whether by our word or by , for nothing ; but worked with our epistle. 16 Now our Lord labour and toil, night and day, Jesus Christ himself, and our that we might not be burdenGod and Father, who hath lov- some to any of you : 9 not beed us, and hath given us aio- cause we have no right; but nian comfort and good hope to make ourselves an example through favour, 17 comfort to you, that ye might imitate your hearts, and establish [youll us. in every good doctrine and -10 For, when we were with - work.
* See Rom. viii. 38. 1 Cor. iii. 22. The apostle had never affirmed that the second coming of Christ was to take place instantaneously, or that very year, as be knew that some important events were to intervene. But this is by no means inconsistent with the supposition, that he might expect this event to take place before the decease of some who were then living: See Im. Ver. note.
you, this we commanded you, Ch. III. 1 FINALLY, brethren, that, if any be not willing to pray for us, that the word of work, neither let him eat. 11 the Lord may have free course, For we hear that there are and be glorified, even as it is some among you, who walk among you ; 2 and that we may disorderly, doing no business, be delivered from unreasonable but prying into the business of and wicked men : for all have others. 12 Now those who are not faith. 3 But the Lord is such we command, and exhort faithful, who will establish you, by our Lord Jesus Christ, that and keep you from evil. 4 And they quietly do their own buwe have confidence through siness, and eat their own bread. the Lord, concerning you, that 13 But, brethren, be ye not ye both do, and will do, the weary in well-doing. 14 And things which we command you. if any one obey not our word 5 And may the Lord direct by this epistle, mark that man, your hearts to the love of God, [and] keep not company with and to the patient waiting for him, that he may be ashamed. Christ.
15 Yet count him not as an 6 Now, we command you, enemy, but admonish him as a brethren, in the name of our brother. 16 Now the Lord of Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw peace himself give you peace yourselves from every brother always, in every manner. The who walketh disorderly, and Lord be with you all. not according to the tradition 17 The salutation by the which they received from us. hand of me Paul ; which is my 7 For yourselves know how token in every epistle : thus I ye ought to imitate us ; for we write. 18 The favour of our behaved not ourselves in a dis. Lord Jesus Christ be with you orderly way among you : 8 nor all. [ Amen.? did we eat bread froin any one !