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or sleeping* at that day, we may live together with him.

11 Wherefore comfort each other, and edify one another, even as ye do.

12 Now we beseech you, brethren, to acknowledge those who labour among you, and preside over you in the

13 Lord, and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love for the sake of their office. Be at peace among

14 yourselves. And we exhort you, brethren, admonish those that are disorderly, comfort the feeble-minded, sup

15 port the weak, be long-suffering toward all men. See that none render evil for evil to any man; but always follow that which is good, [both] toward one another and toward all men. Rejoice always. Pray without j8 ceasing. For every thing give thanks: for this is the

19 will of God through Christ Jesus concerning you.

20 Quench not the spirit. Despise not prophesyings: but

22 prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain 23 from all appearance of evil. And may the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly: and may your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved unblameably to the ap

24 pearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he who

25 calleth you; and he will also do this. Brethren pray for

26 us. Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure

27 you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the [holyj

28 brethren. The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

• "whether we wake or sleep at the hiat day," N. "Whether we be alive at the last day, or whether we slecp in death." Ch. iv. IS. 17; New come.






Paul, and Sylvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God our Father, and in our

2 Lord Jesus Christ: favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We ought to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fit, that your faith increaseth exceedingly, and that the love of every one of you all toward each other

4 aboundeth: so that we ourselves glory in you among the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your

5 persecutions and afflictions which ye endure ;for a manifestation of the just judgement of God, and to the end that ye may be rendered worthy* of the kingdom of God,

6 for which ye even suffer: since it is a just thing with God, to recompense affliction to those who afflict you:

7 but to you that are afflicted, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be manifested from heaven, with his mighty t

8 angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord

9 Jesus [Christ :] and these shall suffer punishment,

• counted worthy, N.

t Gr, the angek of his might. N. in.

even everlasting destruction, from the face of the Lord, 10 and from the glory of his power*; when he shall come in that dayt to be glorified by his saints, and to be admired by all those that have believed: (for our testi

11 mony among you hath been believed.) To which end we pray also for you always, that our God would render you worthy of this calling, and accomplish with power, every kind intention of beneficence and work of faith \:

12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified by you, and ye by him, according to the favour|| of our God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ch. Ii. Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering

2 together unto him, that ye be not easily shaken from your judgement, or troubled either by revelation of the spirit, or by word, or by epistle, as from us, that the

3 day of the Lordf is instantly coming**. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day will not come, unless there come a falling away first, and the man of sin

4 be revealed, the son of destruction; who opposeth, and exalteth himself above every one that is called god, or the object of worship: so that he sittethtt in the temple

5 of God, shewing himself to be a god. Remember ye not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these

6 things? And now ye know what hindereth; to the end

7 that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mys

* Or, his glorious power. N. m. t that great day, N.

X See Wakefield. "count you worthy of this calling, and aeeomplish all the gracious pleasure of his goodness, and your work offaith with power," N. I I i. e. gratuitous goodness, N. m. Or, gracious gospel. 1 the day of Christ, R. T.

<» See Chandler, near,N. Nempe hoc anno; nam rvfrf;x£r dicitur de repnesenti. Rom. viii. 38. 1 Cor. iii. 22. Grotius. The apotslc had never affirmed that the second coming of Christ was to take plaee instantaneously, or that very year, as he knew that some important events were to intervene. But this is by no means inconsistent with the supposition, that he might expect this event to take plaee before the deeease of some who were then living. See the note upon I Thess. iv. 15. H as God he sittcth, etc. R. T.

tery of unrighteousness already worketh: only he who now hindereth* will hinder, until he be taken out of the

8 way. And then the unrighteous one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth, and will destroy with the brightness of his

9 appearance: even him, whose appearance is according to the working of Satan, with all false miracles and

10 signs and wonderst, and with all iniquitous deceit among those that are lost; because they received not the love of

11 the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God will send them a mighty working of error, that they

12 should believe falsehood; so that all will be condemned who believe not the truth, but have pleasure in iniquity.

13 But we ought to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, that God from the beginning chose you to salvation, through sanctification of the

14 spirit, and through belief of the truth: for which end, he hath called you by the gospel which we preach \, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 So then, brethren, stand firmly, and hold fast the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by our word

16 or epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, that hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting comfort and good hope through his favour,

17 comfort your hearts, and establish [you|Q in every good doctrine and work.

Ch. Hi. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may h&vefree course, and be glorified, even as

2 it is among you; and that we may be delivered from un

3 reasonable and wicked men: for all have not faith. But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and keep

4 you from evilf. And we have confidence through the

• Or, only there is who now hindereth, until etc. N. m.

t Gr. power and signs and wonders of falschood, N. m.

t Gr our gospel, N.m. | Or, establish them. MSS.

1 Or, the evil one, N. m. Syr. reads, "from all erii." Newcome.

Lord, concernin^you, that ye both do, and will do, the

5 things which we command you. And may the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God, and to patient waiting for Christ.

6 Now, we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh irregularly*, and not according to

7 the traditiont which they received i from us. For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us; for we behaved

8 not ourselves in a disorderly way among you: nor did we eat bread from any man for nothing; but worked with labour and toil, night and day, that we might not be

9 burthensome to any of you: not because we have no right; but to make ourselves an example to you, that ye

10 might imitate us. For, when we were with you, this we commanded you, that, if any be not willing to work,

11 neither let him eat. For we hear that there are some that walk among you in a disorderly way, doing no business,

12 but prying into the business of others. Now those that are such we command, and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that they do their own business with quiet, and

13 eat their own bread. But, brethren, be not ye weary in

14 well-doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, mark that man, and keep not company with him,

15 that he may be ashamed. Yet count Mm not as an

16 enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace ever in every manner||. The Lord be with you all.

17 The salutation by the hand of me Paul; which is my 18 token in every epistle: thus I write. The favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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