1 Thessalonians 2:1-4:12 NASB
you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error
or impurity or by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men,
but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-God is witness- 6 nor did
we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. 7 But we proved
to be gentle among you, as a nursing mothertenderly cares for her own children. 8 Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to
impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; 11 just as you know how
we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 12 so that you would walk in a manner worthy
of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became imitators of the
churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did
from the Jews, 15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all men, 16 hindering
us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come
upon them to the utmost.
face. 18 For we wanted to come to you-I, Paul, more than once-and yetSatan hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is
it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? 20 For you are our glory and joy.
God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, 3 so that no one would be disturbed by these afflictions;
for you yourselves know that we have been destined for this. 4 For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction; and so it came to pass, as you know. 5
For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faith, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor would be in vain.
see us just as we also long to see you, 7 for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith;
8 for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 9 For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice
before our God on your account, 10 as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your
and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13 so that He may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our God and Father at the
coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints.
1 Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk
and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. 2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord
Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how
to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress
and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.7
For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 8 So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives
His Holy Spirit to you.
9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed
you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition
to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will behave properly toward
outsiders and not be in any need.