Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians
1[1-10] From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, which is in Yahweh God and in Yeshua the Christ: May God’s grace and peace be with you, from Yahweh God, and Yeshua the Christ. We give thanks to God always for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers; never forgetting your work of faith, and work of love, and patience of hope in Yeshua, our Christ, in the sight of Yahweh God; Knowing, Christians, dear loved ones, that you were chosen of God. Because our New Word didn’t come to you only in word, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much promise; as you know by others what kind of people we were among you for your sake. And you became followers of us, and of Christ, having gotten the word in much suffering, but with joy of the Holy Spirit: So that you were examples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. Because from you the Word of God sounded out not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also everywhere your faith toward God has spread; so that we don’t need to say any thing. Because they themselves say of us how we came to you, and how you turned to God from worshiping other things to serve the living and true God; And to wait for God’s Child from heaven, whom was raised from the dead, even Yeshua, which keeps us from the punishment to come.
2[1-12] Because you yourselves, Christians, know our coming to you wasn’t without meaning: But even after we had suffered, and were shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, in our God, we weren’t afraid to speak to you the New Word of God with a lot of argument, because our encouragement wasn’t a mistake, nor of evil, nor in untruthfulness: But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the New Word, even so we speak; not as pleasing others, but God, which tries our hearts, nor did we ever use flattering words, as you know, nor a coat of greed; God is witness: Nor did we look for praise from humanity, not from you, nor from anyone else, when we might have asked for help, as the followers of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a breastfeeding mother loves her own children:  So lovingly hoping for you, we were willing to have given to you, not the New Word of God only, but also our own lives, because we loved you so much. And you remember, Christians, our work and pain because we worked night and day, so we wouldn’t be a hardship to any of you, and we preached to you the New Word of God. You’re witnesses, and God also, how faithfully and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: As you know how we encouraged and comforted and told everyone of you, as a parent does their children, to walk worthy of God, who has called you to victory in the realm of God.
[13-16] Because of this we never stop thanking God also, because, when you had gotten the Word of God, which You heard from us, you didn’t take it as a word from humans, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which actually works in you who believe, as well. And you, Christians, became followers of the churches of God which are in Judea in Christ Yeshua, because you also have suffered the same kinds of things from your own people, even as they have from the Jews: Who both killed the Christ, Yeshua, and their own great preachers, and have mistreated us; and they don’t please God, and are against everyone else: Forbidding us to speak to the other peoples so that they can be saved, to complete their sins always because the judgment is on them here to the full.
[17-20] But we, Christians, being taken from you for a little while in presence, but not in spirit, tried all the more to see you face to face with great love. And we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan stopped us. Because what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn’t it you, in the presence of our Yeshua, the Christ, at the coming? Yes, you are our victory and joy.
[3:1-13] So when we could no longer wait, we thought it best to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timothy, our Christian brother, and minister of God, and our co-worker in the New Word of Christ, to teach you, and to comfort you about your faith: That no one would be upset by these troubles because you yourselves know that we are chosen to be like this. The truth is, when we were with you, we told you to that we would suffer troubles; even as it happened, and you know. And because of this, when I could no longer wait, I sent to know your faith, in case by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our work was meaningless. But now, when Timothy came from you to us, and brought us the good news of your faith and love, and that you remember us well, always hoping to see us, as we also hope to see you: So, Christians, we were comforted about you in all our suffering and sorrow by your faith: because now we live, if you stay in God. And what thanks can we give to God for you, for all the joy that we rejoice for your sakes before our God; Night and day praying greatly that we might see your face, and might give you what is lacking in your faith? Now may God, who we are from, and Yeshua, our Christ, guide us to you. And God make you to increase and prosper in love toward one another, and toward everyone, even as we do toward you: To the end that God can keep your hearts without blame in faithfulness to God, even our God, at the coming of our Yeshua the Christ with all the Christians.
[4:1-12] Furthermore then we beg you, Christians, and encourage you by Christ Yeshua, that as you’ve gotten from us how you should walk to please God, so you would prosper more and more. And you know the words we gave you by Christ Yeshua, because this is the will of God, that you be set apart and blessed, and that you would give up sexual sin: so that everyone of you would know how to keep their body set apart, with blessing and honor; Not in the need of excitement, even as the other people who don’t know God: That no one go beyond this and take advantage of another in any matter: because God is the punisher of everything like this, as we also have warned you and told us truthfully. Because God hasn’t called us to evil, but to faithfulness. So the one that hates this, doesn’t just hate the person who brought it, but God, who has also given to us the Holy Spirit. But as to the love of friendships you don’t need me to write to you because you yourselves are taught of God to love one another. And though you do this toward all the Christians, which are in all Macedonia, we beg you, Christians, that you increase your love more and more; And that you try to lead a quiet life, and to mind your own business, and to work hard with your own hands, as we told you; So that you can walk in honesty with those who are outside the faith, and that you can lack nothing.
[13-18] But I wouldn’t want you to be ignorant, Christians, about those who are dead, so that you don’t sorrow, as others which have no hope. Because if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so God will bring with Christ those who are dead in Yeshua. And we say this to you by the Word of God, that we, who are alive and stay here to the coming of God won’t keep those who are dead from coming to life before us. Because Christ will come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ will rise up first, and then we which are still alive and here will be taken up together with them in the clouds, to meet Christ in the sky: and so we will be with Christ forever. So comfort one another with these words.
[5:1-11] But of the times and the seasons, Christians, you’ve no need that I write to you, because yourselves fully know that the day of Christ comes as a thief in the night. And when they say, “Peace and safety;” then punishment will come on them suddenly, as pain on a woman in labor; and they won’t escape it. But you, Christians, don’t live in darkness that the time would take you by surprise. You’re all children of light, and children of the day: we aren’t of the night, nor of darkness. So let’s not sleep, as others do; but let’s watch and use good sense. Because those who are sleeping sleep in the night; and those who are drunk are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, use good sense, putting on the body armor of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of being saved. Because God hasn’t chosen us for punishment, but to be saved by our Yeshua the Christ, Who died for us, so that, whether we are still alive or are dead, we would live together with Christ. So comfort yourselves together, and help one another, just like you’re doing.
[12-22] And we beg you, Christians, to acknowledge those who work among you, and are over you in Christ, and warn you; And to think of them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we encourage you, Christians, warn those who don’t behave, comfort the mentally ill, support the weak, and be patient toward everyone. See that none give evil for evil to anyone; but always try to do what is good, both for yourselves, and for everyone else. Celebrate always, never stop praying. In every thing give thanks because this is the will of God in Christ Yeshua for you. Don’t hold back the Spirit. Don’t hate the preaching. Prove everything; hold on to what is good. Give up anything that even appears to be evil. And the very God of peace will wholly set you apart; and I pray to God that your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept safely without fault to the coming of our Yeshua the Christ. Faithful is the One who calls you, who also will do it.
[25-28] Everyone, pray for us. Say hello to all the Christians with a kiss of love. I tell you by God to read this letter to all the faithful Christians. May the grace of our Christ Yeshua be with you. So be it!