THE FIRST EPISTLE
PAUL THE APOSTLE
1 Thessalonians 2 ©
1 Paul proceeds in declaring of his uprightness and constancy in propagating the Gospel among them. 6 Seeking no honor or profit of men amongst them, although he might have been burdensome unto them as an apostle of Christ. 10 Sets before their eyes how kindly and holily he dealt with them to move them unto a walk worthy of the Gospel. 13 And how they received his word as the Word of God, and not as the word of man. 14 And became followers of the congregations in Judea, who were also persecuted by the stiff-necked Jews, their countrymen. 15 Which Jews, since they put Christ to death, fill up their sins, and on whom the wrath of God is come unto the end. 17 Afterwards testifies his great desire to see them again. 19 Seeing they are his boasting and glory in the coming of Christ.
FOR yourselves,a brethren, know our 1entrance in unto you, that it was not in 2vain:
But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, 3atb Philippi, we were bold 4in our God to speak untoc you the gospel of God 5with much contention.
For 6our exhortation was not 7of deceit, nor 8of uncleanness, 9nor in guile:
But as we were 10allowed of God to be put 11in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; notd as pleasing men, but God, which 12trieth our hearts.
For neither at any time used we 13flattering words, as ye know, nor a 14cloke of covetousness; Godeis witness:
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, whenf we might have been 15burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
But we were 16gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
So being 17affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also 18our own souls, because ye were 19dear unto us.
Forg ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for 20labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we 21behaved ourselves among you that believe:
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
Thath ye would walk 22worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye 23received 24the word of God which ye heard of us, ye 25received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, 26which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judare 27in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your 28owni countrymen, even as they have of the Jews:
Whoj both 29killed the Lord Jesus, andk their 30own prophets, and have 31persecuted us; and they please not God, and are 32contrary to all men:
Forbiddingl us 33to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to 34fill up their sins 35alway: for 36the wrath is come upon them 37to the uttermost.
But we, brethren, being 38taken 39from you 40for a short time 41in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly 42to see your face 43with great desire.
Whereforem we would have come unto you, even I Paul, 44once and again; but Satan 45hindered us.
Forn what is 46our hope, or joy, or 47crown of rejoicing? Are not even 48ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
For ye are our glory and joy.