International Standard Version
To: The church of the Thessalonians in union with God the Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.c
May grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah,d be yours!
Paul’s Prayer for the Thessalonians
2We always thank God for all of you when we mention you in our prayers. 3In the presence of our God and Father, we constantly remember how your faith is active,e your love is hard at work,f and your hope in our Lord Jesus the Messiahg is enduring.h 4Brothers whom God loves, we know that he has chosen you, 5for the gospel we broughti did not come to you in words only, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. Indeed,j you know what kind of people we proved to be while we were with you, acting on your behalf.
6You became imitators of us and of the Lord. In spite of a great deal of suffering, you welcomed the word with the joy that the Holy Spirit produces.k 7As a result, you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8From you the word of the Lord has spread out not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place where your faith in God has become known. As a result, we do not need to say anything about it.
9For peoplel keep telling us what kind of welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve a living and true God 10and to wait for his Son whom he raised from the dead to come backm from heaven. This Jesus is the one who rescues us from the coming wrath.
a 1:1 The Gk. lacks From
b 1:1 i.e. Silas
c 1:1 Or Christ
d 1:1 Or Christ; other mss. lack from God our Father and the Lord Jesus, the Messiah
e 1:3 Lit. your work of faith
f 1:3 Lit. your labor of love
g 1:3 Or Christ
h 1:3 Lit. the endurance of hope of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah
i 1:5 Lit. our gospel
j 1:5 Lit. Just as
k 1:6 Or the joy of the Holy Spirit
l 1:9 Lit. they
m 1:10 The Gk. lacks to come back