1 Thessalonians (Tyndale – 1526)

The 1st Epistle to the Thessalonians ~ 1526 Tyndale [Modern]
1:01 Paul, Silvanus, and Timotheus. Unto the congregation of the Tessalonians, in God the father, and in the lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with you, and peace from god our father, and from the lord Jesus Christ.
1:02 We give god thanks alway for you all, making mention of you in our prayers
1:03 without ceasing, and call to remembrance your work in the faith, and labour in love and perseverance in the hope of our lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God our father:
1:04 because we know brethren beloved of god, how that ye are elect
1:05 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and also in the holy ghost and in much certainty, as ye know how that we behaved ourselves among you, for your sakes.
1:06 And ye counterfeited us, and the lord: and received the word in much affliction, with joy of the holy ghost:
1:07 so that ye were an ensample to all that believe in Macedonia, and Achaia.
1:08 For from you sounded out the word of the lord, not in Macedonia and in Achaia only: but your faith also which ye have unto god, spread herself abroad in all quarters, so greatly that it needeth not us to speak any thing at all:
1:09 for they themselves shew of you what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to god from images for to serve the living and true god,
1:10 and for to look for his son from heaven, whom he raised from death: I mean Jesus which delivereth us from wrath to come.
2:01 For ye yourselves brethren know of our entrance in unto you, how that it was not in vain:
2:02 but even after that we had suffered before and were shamefully entreated at Phillippos (as ye well know) then were we bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God, with much striving.
2:03 Our exhortation was not to bring you to error, nor yet to uncleanness, neither was it with guile:
2:04 but as we were allowed of God, that the gospel should be committed unto us: even so we speak, not as though we intended to please men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
2:05 Neither was our conversation at any time with flattering words (as ye well know) neither in cloked covetousness, God is record:
2:06 neither sought we praise of men, neither of you, nor yet of any other, when we might have been chargeable, as the apostles of Christ:
2:07 but we were tender among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children,
2:08 so was our affection toward you our good will was to have dealt unto you, not the gospel of God only: but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
2:09 Ye remember brethren our labour and travail. For we laboured day and night, because we would not be grievous unto any of you, and preached you the gospel of God.
2:10 Ye are witnesses, and so is god, how holily and justly (that no man could blame us) we behaved ourselves among you that believe,
2:11 as ye know how that we exhorted and comforted, and besought every one of you, as a father his children,
2:12 that ye would walk worthy of the lord, which hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
2:13 For this cause thank we god without ceasing, because that when ye received of us the word, wherewith God was preached, ye received it not as the word of man: but even as it was indeed, the word of God, which worketh in you that believe.
2:14 For ye brethren did counterfeit the congregations of god which in jewry are in Christ Jesus: for ye have suffered like things of your kinsmen, as we ourselves have suffered of the Jews,
2:15 which as they killed the lord Jesus and their own prophets, even so have they persecuted us, and God they please not, and are contrary to all men:
2:16 and forbid us to preach unto the gentiles, that they might be saved, to fulfill their sins: For the wrath of God is come on them, even to the utmost.
2:17 Forasmuch brethren as we are kept from you for a season, as concerning the bodily presence but not in the heart, we enforced the more to see you personally with great desire,
2:18 and therefore we would have come unto you, I Paul once and again: but Satan withstood us.
2:19 For what is our hope or joy, or crown of rejoicing? are not ye it in the presence of our lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
2:20 yes ye are our glory and joy.
3:01 Wherefore since we could no longer forbear, it pleased us to remain at Athens alone,
3:02 and sent Timotheus our brother and minister of god, and our labourfellow in the gospel of Christ, to stablish you, and to comfort you over your faith,
3:03 that no man should be moved in these afflictions. For ye yourselves know that we are even appointed thereunto.
3:04 For verily when I was with you, I told you before that we should suffer tribulation even as it came to pass, and as ye know.
3:05 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent that I might have knowledge of your faith, lest haply the tempter had tempted you, and that our labour had been bestowed in vain.
3:06 Now lately when Timotheus came from you unto us and declared to us your faith, and your love, and how that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring to see us, as we desire to see you.
3:07 Therefore brethren had I consolation in you, in all your adversity, and necessity through your faith.
3:08 For now are we alive if ye stand stedfast in the lord.
3:09 For what thanks can we recompense to god again for you, over all the joy that we joy for your sakes before our god,
3:10 while we night and day pray exceedingly, that we might see you presently, and might fulfill that which is lacking in your faith.
3:11 God himself our father, and our lord Jesus Christ guide our journey unto you:
3:12 and the lord increase you, and make you flow over in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you,
3:13 to stablish your hearts that they might be without ought to be complained on, in holiness before God our father, at the coming of our lord Jesus Christ, with all his saints.
4:01 Furthermore we beseech you brethren, and exhort you in the lord Jesus, that ye increase more and more, even as ye have received of us, how ye ought to walk and to please God.
4:02 Ye remember what commandments we gave you in the name of the lord Jesus.
4:03 For this is the will of god, which is your sanctifying, that ye should abstain from fornication,
4:04 that every one of you should know how to keep his vessel in sanctifying and honour,
4:05 and not in the lust of concupiscence, as do the heathen, which know not god,
4:06 that no man go beyond, and defraud his brother in bargaining, because the lord is avenger of all such things: as we told you beforetime, and testified unto you.
4:07 For god hath not called us unto uncleanness: but unto sanctifying.
4:08 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, which hath sent his holy spirit among you.
4:09 But as touching brotherly love, ye need not that I write unto you. For ye are taught of god to love one another.
4:10 Yea and that thing verily ye do unto all brethren, which are throughout all Macedonia. We beseech you brethren that ye increase, more and more,
4:11 and that ye study to be quiet, and to meddle with your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you:
4:12 that ye may behave yourselves honestly toward them that are without and that nothing be lacking unto you.
4:13 I would not brethren have you ignorant concerning them which are fallen asleep, that ye sorrow not as other do which have no hope
4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again: even so them also which sleep by Jesus, will god bring again with him.
4:15 And this say we unto you in the word of the lord, that we which live and are remaining in the coming of the lord, shall not come ere they, which sleep
4:16 For the lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, and the voice of the archangel, and trump of God. And the dead in Christ shall arise first:
4:17 then shall we which live and remain, be caught up with them also in the clouds to meet the lord in the air. And so shall we ever be with the lord.
4:18 Wherefore comfort yourselves one another with these words.
5:01 Of the times and seasons brethren ye have no need that I write unto you:
5:02 for ye yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the lord shall come even as a thief in the night.
5:03 When they shall say peace and no danger, then cometh on them sudden destruction, as the travailing of a woman with child, and they shall not scape.
5:04 But ye brethren are not in darkness, that that day should come on you as it were a thief.
5:05 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, neither of darkness.
5:06 Therefore let us not sleep as do other: but let us watch and be sober.
5:07 For they that sleep, sleep in the night: and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.
5:08 But let us which are of the day be sober, armed with the breastplate of faith and love, and with hope of health, as an helmet.
5:09 For god hath not appointed us to wrath: but to obtain health by the means of our lord Jesus Christ,
5:10 which died for us: that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as ye do.
5:12 We beseech you brethren, that ye know them which labour among you, and have the oversight of you in the lord, and give you exhortation,
5:13 that ye have them the more in love, For their work’s sake, and be at peace with them.
5:14 We desire you brethren warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble minded, forbear the weak have continual patience toward all men.
5:15 See that none recompense evil for evil unto any man: but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
5:16 Rejoice ever.
5:17 Pray continually.
5:18 In all things give thanks. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
5:19 Quench not the spirit,
5:20 despise not prophesying.
5:21 examine all things. Reap that which is good.
5:22 abstain from all suspicious thing.
5:23 The very god of peace sanctify you throughout. And I pray God that your whole spirit, soul, and body, be kept faultless unto the coming of our lord Jesus Christ.
5:24 faithful is he, which called you: which will also do it.
5:25 Brethren, pray for us.
5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
5:27 I charge you in the lord, that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
5:28 The grace of the lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
END The first epistle unto the Tessalonians written from Athens.