1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the people of the congregation in Thessalonica, who belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
3 Our friends, we should thank God at all times for you. It is right for us to do so, because your faith is growing so much and the love each of you has for the other abounds toward each other.
4 That is why we boast rejoicehave glory about you in the congregations of God. We boast rejoicehave glory about the way you continue to endure and believe through all the persecutions and sufferings you experience.
5 All of this proves that Gods judgment is just, and as a result, you will become worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering.
6 It is a righteous thing for God to repay with affliction great suffering and distress those who afflict you.
7 You who are afflicted rest with us at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with the angels of his power in flaming fire.
8 They will render vengeance to those who do not know God, and to those who do not obey the good news of our Lord Jesus.
9 They will suffer punishment, even eternal destruction from the Lord and from the glory of his might.
10 He will then come to be glorified in his holy ones, and to be marveled at by all those who believed, because our testimony to you was believed.
11 We pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and every work of faith with power.
12 May the name of our Lord Jesus be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.