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Sundry salutations
CHAP. I.

and greetings. (touching whom ye received 15 Salute the brethren which commandments : if he come un- are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, to you, receive him ;)

and the church which is in his 11 And Jesus, which is called house. Justus, who are of the circum- 16 And when this epistle is cision. These only are my fel. read among you, cause that it be low-workers unto the kingdom read also in the church of the of God, which have been a com- Laodiceans; and that ye likewise fort unto me.

read the epistle from Laodicea. 12 Epaphras, who is one of 17 And say to Archippus, you, a servant of Christ, sa- Take heed to the ministry which luteth you, always labouring thou hast received in the Lord, fervently for you in prayers, that thou fulfil it. that ye may stand perfect and 18 The salutation by the hand complete in all the will of God. of me Paul.

Remember my 13 For I bear him record, bonds.

Grace be with you. that he hath a great zeal for Amen. you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

Written from Rome to 14 Luke, the beloved physi

the Colossians by Tychician, and Demas, greet you.

cus and Onesimus.

9 THE FIRST EPISTLE OF

PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE THESSALONIANS,

CHAP. I.

sion to God.

bour of love, and patience of 1 The Thessalonians are given to understand hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, at all times in thanksgiving, and prayer : in the sight of God and our 5 and also how well he was persuaded of the Father ; truth and sincerity of their faith, and conver

4 Knowing, brethren beloved, PAUL AUL, and Sylvanus, and your election of God.

Timotheus, unto the church 5 For our gospel came not of the Thessalonians which is unto you in word only, but alin God the Father, and in the so in power, and in the Holy Lord Jesus Christ : Grace be Ghost, and in much assurance; unto you, and peace, from God as ye know what manner of our Father and the Lord Jesus men we were among you for Christ.

2 We give thanks to God 6 And ye became followers always for you all, making of us, and of the Lord, having mention of you in our prayers; received the word in much

3 Remembering without ceas- affliction, with joy of the Holy ing your work of faith; and la-Ghost:

your sake.

CHAP. II.

The manner of
1. THESSALONIANS.

Paul's preaching 7 So that ye were ensamples used we flattering words, as ye to all that believe in Macedonia know, nor a cloak of covetousand Achaia.

ness; God is witness : 8 For from you sounded out 6 Nor of men sought we glothe word of the Lord not only ry, neither of you, nor yet, of in Macedonia and Achaia, but others, when we might have also in every place your faith been burdensome, as the aposto God-ward is spread abroad ; tles of Christ. so that we need not to speak 7 But we were gentle among any thing

you, even as a nurse cherisheth 9 For they themselves shew her children: of us what manner of entering 8 So being affectionately dein we had unto you, and how sirous of you, we were willing ye turned to God from idols, to to have imparted unto you, not serve the living and true God; the gospel of God only, but

10 And to wait for his Son also our own souls, because ye from heaven, whom he raised were dear unto us. from the dead, even Jesus, which 9 For ye remember, brethren, , delivered us from the wrath to our labour and travail : for lacome.

bouring night and day, because

we would not be chargeable 1 In what manner the gospel was brought unto any of you, we preached and preached to the Thessalonians, and in what sort also they received it.

unto you the gospel of God. son is rendered both why Saint Paul was so

10 Ye are witnesses, and long absent from them, and also why he was

God also, how holily, and justly, FOR yourselves, brethren, and unblamably we behaved

know our entrance in unto ourselves among you that beyou, that it was not in vain :

lieve : 2 But even after that we had 11 As ye know how we exsuffered before, and were shame- horted, and comforted, and fully entreated, as ye know, at charged every one of you, as a Philippi, we were bold in our father doth his children, God to speak unto you the 12 That ye would walk worgospel of God with much con- thy of God, who hath called tention.

you unto his kingdom and glory. 3 For our exhortation was not 13 For this cause also thank of deceit, nor of uncleanness, we God without ceasing, benor in guile;

cause, when ye received the 4 But as we were allowed of word of God which

ye

heard God to be put in trust with of us, ye received it not as the the gospel, even so we speak; word of men, but (as it is in not as pleasing men, but God, truth) the word of God, which which trieth our hearts.

effectually worketh also in you 5 For neither at any time that believe.

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so desirous to see them.

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faith :

His love ind great care

CHAP. III.

for the Thessalonians 14 For ye, brethren, became 2 And sent Timotheus, our followers of the churches of God brother, and minister of God, which in Judea are in Christ and our fellow-labourer in the Jesus : for ye also have suffer- gospel of Christ, to establish ed like things of your own coun- you, and to comfort you contrymen, even as they have of cerning your the Jews :

3 That no man should be 15 Who both killed the Lord moved by these afflictions : for Jesus, and their own prophets, yourselves know that we are apand have persecuted us; and pointed thereunto. they please not God, and are 4 For verily, when we were contrary to all men:

with you, we told you before 16 Forbidding us to speak to that we should suffer tribulathe Gentiles that they might be tion; even as it came to pass, saved, to fill up their sins al- and ye know. ways:: for the wrath is come 5 For this cause, when I upon them to the uttermost. could no longer forbear, I sent

i7 But we, brethren, being to know your faith, lest by some taken from you for a short time means the tempter have temptin presence, not in heart, en- ed

you,

and our labour be in deavoured the more abundantly vain. to see your face with great de- 6 But now, when Timotheus sire.

came from you unto us, and 18 Wherefore we would have brought us good tidings of your come unto you, even I Paul, faith and charity, and that ye once and again; but Satan hin- have good remembrance of us dered us.

always, desiring greatly to see 19 For what is our hope, or us, as we also to see you: joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are 7 Therefore, brethren, not even ye in the presence of were comforted over you in all our Lord Jesus Christ at his our affliction and distress by coming ?

20 For ye are our glory and 8 For now we live, if ye stand joy.

fast in the Lord.

9 For what thanks can we

render to God again for you, for | Saint Paul testifieth his great love to the

Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy all the joy wherewith we joy for partly by rejoicing in their well-doing? emi your sakes before our God; and partly by praying for them, and desiring

10 Night and day praying a safe coming unto them.

exceedingly that we might see WHEREFORE, when we your face, and might perfect

could no longer forbear, that which is lacking in your we thought it good to be left at faith? Athens alone;

11 Now God himself and our

we

your faith :

CHAP. III.

CHAP. IV.

dead.

Paul-eschorteth them
1. THESSALONIANS.

to please God Father, and our Lord Jesus is the avenger of all such, as Christ, direct our way unto you. We also have forewarned you

12 And the Lord make you and testified. to increase and abound in love 7 For God hath not called one toward another, and toward us unto uncleanness, but unto all men, even as we do toward holiness, you:

8 He therefore that despiseth, 13 To the end he may stab- despiseth not man, but God lish your hearts unblamable who hath also given unto us his in holiness Lefore God, even | Holy Spirit. our Father, at the coming of 9 But as touching brotherly our Lord Jesus Christ with all love ye need not that I write his saints.

unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one

another. | He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness, 6 to live holily and

10 And indeed ye do it tojustly, 9 to love one another, 11 and quiet, | ward all the brethren which are ly to follow their own business : 13 and last of all 10 sorrow moderately for the in all Macedonia : but we be

17 And unto this last exhortation seech you, brethren, that ye inis annexed a brief description of the resurrection, and second coming of Christ to

crease more and more ; judgment.

11 And that ye study to be FOR YURTHERMORE then we quiet, and to do your own

beseech you, brethren, and business, and to work with your exhort you by the Lord Jesus, own hands, as we commanded that as ye have received of us you; how ye ought to walk and to 12 That ye may walk honestplease God, so ye would aboundly toward them that are without, more and more.

and that ye may have lack of 2 For ye know what com- nothing. mandments we gave you by the

13 But I would not have you Lord Jesus.

to be ignorant, brethren, con3 For this is the will of God, cerning them which are asleep, even your sanctification, that ye that ye sorrow not, even as should abstain from fornication: others which have no hope.

4 That every one of you 14 For if we believe that Jeshould know how to possess sus died and rose again, even so his vessel in sanctification and them also which sleep in Jesus honour;

will God bring with him. 5 Not in the lust of concu- 15 For this we say unto you piscence, even as the Gentiles by the word of the Lord, that which know not God :

we which are alive and remain 6 That no man go beyond unto the coming of the Lord and defraud his brother in any shall not prevent them which matter: because that the Lord' are asleep.

The certainty and suddenness CHAP. V.

of Christ's second coming. 16 For the Lord himself shall 8 But let us, who are of the descend from heaven with a day, be sober, putting on the shout, with the voice of the breast-plate of faith and love; archangel, and with the trump and for an helmet, the hope of of God: and the dead in Christ salvation. shall rise first:

9 For God hath not appoint 17 Then we which are alive ed us to wrath, but to obtain and remain shall be caught up salvation by our Lord Jesus together with them in the Christ, clouds, to meet the Lord in the 10 Who died for us, that, air: and so shall we ever be with whether we wake or sleep, we the Lord.

should live together with him. 18 Wherefore, comfort one an- 11 Wherefore, comfort yourother with these words.

selves together, and edify one CHAP. V.

another, even as also ye do. | He proceedeth in the former description of

12 And

we beseech you, Christ's coming to judgment, 16 and giveth brethren, to know them which divers precepts, 23 and so concludeth the epistle.

labour among you, and are over BUT

UT of the times and the you in the Lord, and admonish

seasons, brethren, ye have you; no need that I write unto you.

13 And to esteem them very 2 For yourselves know per- highly in love for their work's fectly, that the day of the Lord sake. And be at peace among so cometh as a thief in the yourselves. night.

14 Now 3 For when they shall say, brethren, warn them that are Peace and safety ; then sudden unruly, comfort the feeble-minddestruction cometh upon them, ed, support the weak, be patient as travail upon a woman with toward all mnen. child; and they shall not escape.

15 See that none render evil 4 But ye, brethren, are not in for evil unto any man; but ever darkness, that that day should follow that which is good, both overtake you as a thief. among yourselves, and to all

5 Ye are all the children of men. light, and the children of the 16 Rejoice evermore. day: we are not of the night, 17 Pray without ceasing. nor of darkness.

18 In every thing give thanks: 6 Therefore let us not sleep, for this is the will of God in as do others; but let us watch Christ Jesus concerning you. and be sober.

19 Quench not the Spirit

. 7 For thėy that sleep, sleep in 20 Despise not prophesythe night; and they that be ings. . drunken, are drunken in the

21 Prove all things; hold fast night.

that which is good.

we

exhort you,

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