Paul and Silas and Timothy to the assembly of Thessalonica in God the Father and The Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace is to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to God always concerning all of you, making mention of you upon our communication of worship, constantly remembering your work of faith and the toil of love, and the patience of hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God our Father, intuitively knowing, beloved brothers, your election from God, because our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in natural ability, and by the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance, just as you intuitively know such as we became among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and the Lord, having received the Word in much tribulation with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you have become an example to all those believing in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you the Word of the Lord has been sounded not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in all places your faith before God has gone out, so that we have no need to speak anything, for they themselves announce what sort of entrance we had towards you and how you turned to God from idols to serve the true and living God and to wait for His Son out from the heavens, who was raised out from the dead, Jesus, our deliverer out from the wrath to come.
For you yourselves intuitively know, brothers, our entrance to you, that it did not come to be empty, but having suffered and been mistreated, just as you intuitively know in Philippi, we had the courage by our God to speak to you the Gospel from God in much agony. For our exhortation was not out from wandering, nor out from uncleanness, nor in deceit1, but just as we were approved by God to be entrusted the gospel, thus we speak not as pleasers of men, but as to God, who approves our hearts. For never at any time by flattering words did we come, just as you intuitively know, neither of pretense of covetousness, God is witness, nor seeking approval out from men, nor from you, nor from others of the same kind, having the power to be a burden, according as the Apostles of Christ, but gentle in your midst we were caused to come as perhaps a nurse keeps warm her own child, thus, longing for you we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel from God, but also our own souls because you were caused to become beloved to us.
For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil. For night and day we worked to not burden any of you, proclaiming to you the gospel from God. You are witnesses, and God, as devoted and righteous and blameless we were to you, the ones believing. Just as you intuitively know as to each one of you, as a father to his own children, exhorting you and encouraging and testifying so that you walk worthy of God, the one having called you into His kingdom and glory.
Because of this we also thank God continually that having received word of God’s report from us, you received not the word of men, but just as it is truly the word of God, which also He is working out in you, the