Greetings from Paul, Silas and Timothy
1Paul and Sylvanus and Timothy: to the church of the Thessalonians, in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2Grace be to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for you all; making a remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing, 3Being mindful of the work of your faith, and labour, and charity, and of the enduring of the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ before God and our Father: 4Knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election: 5For our gospel hath not been unto you in word only, but in power also, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much fulness, as you know what manner of men we have been among you for your sakes. 6And you became followers of us, and of the Lord; receiving the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7So that you were made a pattern to all that believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For from you was spread abroad the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia, and in Achaia, but also in every place, your faith which is towards God, is gone forth, so that we need not to speak any thing. 9For they themselves relate of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God. 10And to wait for his Son from heaven (whom he raised up from the dead,) Jesus, who hath delivered us from the wrath to come.