Modern Literal Version
1 Thessalonians 1]



     1:1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy to the congregation* of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you° and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.



     1:2 We are always giving-thanks to God concerning all of you°, making* a remembrance of you° in our prayers; 1:3 constantly remembering your° work of the faith, and labor of love*, and of the endurance of the hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, 1:4 knowing beloved brethren your° choice by God. 1:5 You° know because our good-news did not happened to you° in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much full assurance; just-as you° know what manner of men we became among you°, because of you°. 1:6 And you° became imitators of us and of the Lord, having accepted the word in much affliction with joy of the Holy Spirit; 1:7 so-that you° became examples to all who believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. 1:8 For* the word of the Lord has echoed forth from you°, not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but also in every place your° faith toward God has gone forth; so-that we do not need to say anything. 1:9 For* they themselves are reporting concerning us, what sort of entrance we had toward you°, and how you° turned from idols to God, to serve* a living and true God, 1:10 and to await his Son Jesus from the heavens, whom he raised up from the dead; who rescues us from the coming wrath.



[1 Thessalonians 2]



     2:1 For* brethren, you° yourselves know our entrance to you°, that it has not become empty. 2:2 But having suffered before, and having been abused in Philippi {Acts 16:12-40}, just-as you° know, we were bold in our God to speak to you° the good-news of God, even in our large struggle.


     2:3 For* our encouragement is not from deceit, nor from uncleanness, nor in treachery. 2:4 But just-as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the good-news, so we are speaking; not as pleasing men, but it is God who tests our hearts. 2:5 For* just-as you° know, (God being witness), we neither previously came* in words of flattery, nor in a pretext of greed, 2:6 nor seeking glory from men, neither from you° nor from others, while being able to be a burden to you° as apostles of Christ. 2:7 But we became mild in your° midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children. 2:8 So having kindly-feelings of you°, we were delighted to have given to you° not only the good-news of God, but also our own souls, because you° have become beloved to us.


     2:9 For* brethren, you° remember our labor and hardship. For* we were working night and day, *that* we might not burden any of you° while we preached to you° the good-news of God. 2:10 You° and God are witnesses, as we became holy and righteous and blameless toward you° who believe. 2:11 Just-as you° know, as we became with each one of you°, like a father with his own children, encouraging you° and consoling you° 2:12 and testifying, *that* you° should walk worthy of God, who is calling you° into his own kingdom and glory.



     2:13 And we also are constantly giving-thanks to God because of this, because, when* you° accepted the word of God from our report, you° accepted it not as the word of men, but just-as it truly is, the word of God, which is also working in you° who believe. 2:14 For* brethren, you° became imitators of the congregations* of God, which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because you° also suffered the same things by your° own countrymen, just-as they did also by the Jews. 2:15 The Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and banished us, and were not pleasing to God, and are adverse to all men; 2:16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles in order that they might be saved; *that* they should always fill up their sins, but the wrath has arrived-unexpectedly upon them– to the end.



     2:17 But brethren, having been orphaned away from you° *for the time of an hour, in face {i.e. person} but not in heart, we were even-more diligent to see your° face in much desire. 2:18 Hence, we wished to come to you°, indeed, I, Paul, even once and then twice, and yet the Adversary hindered us. 2:19 For* what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting, or is it not also you°, which is before our Lord Jesus Christ at his presence? 2:20 For* you° are our glory and our joy.



[1 Thessalonians 3]



     3:1 Hence, no longer forbearing it, we were delighted to be left behind in Athens alone. 3:2 And we sent Timothy, our brother and God's servant and our fellow worker in the good-news of the Christ, *that* he might establish you° and to encourage you° concerning your° faith; 3:3 that no one be shook up in these afflictions; for* you° yourselves know that we are destined *for this thing. 3:4 For* even when we were with you°, we were telling you° beforehand that we are about to be afflicted; just-as it also happened and you° know. 3:5 Because of this, no longer forbearing it, I also sent Timothy, *that* I might know your° faith, lest the tempter had tempted you°, and our labor might become vain. 3:6 But now, when* Timothy came to us from you°, and proclaimed to us good-news about your° faith and love*, and that you° have a good remembrance of us always, longing to see us, just-as we also long to see you°. 3:7 Brethren, because of this, we were comforted on the basis of you° in all our affliction and calamity through your° faith, 3:8 because now we live, if you° stand-firm in the Lord. 3:9 For* what thanksgiving are we able to repay to God concerning you°? Over all the joy in which we are rejoicing before our God is because of you°, 3:10 exceptionally beseeching God night and day, *that* we may see your° face and may mend the things lacking of your° faith.



     3:11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus Christ, steer our way toward you°. 3:12 And may the Lord increase in you° and this increase to abound in love* toward one another and toward all men, just-as we also do toward you°; 3:13 *that* he might establish your° hearts, blameless in holiness before our God and Father, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, with all his holy-ones.



[1 Thessalonians 4]



     4:1 Therefore furthermore brethren, we request and are encouraging you° in the Lord Jesus, just-as you° received from us how you° ought to walk and to please God, in order that you° might abound even more. 4:2 For* you° know what commands we gave you° through the Lord Jesus. 4:3 For* this is the will of God, your° holiness, for you° to abstain from fornication; 4:4 for each of you° to know how to procure his own vessel in holiness and honor, 4:5 not in the passion of lust, just-as also the Gentiles who do not know God, 4:6 and not to go beyond limits and takes-advantage of his brother in the matter, because the Lord is an avenger concerning all these things, just-as we have also spoken to you° beforehand and thoroughly testified. 4:7 For* God did not call us in uncleanness, but in holiness. 4:8 Therefore, the one who is rejecting this is not rejecting man, but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to you°.



     4:9 Now concerning brotherly-love, you° have no need for someone to write to you°; for* you° yourselves are taught by God, *that* you° should love* one another; 4:10 for* you° are also practicing it toward all the brethren who are in the whole of Macedonia. But brethren, we encourage you°, that you° abound even more, 4:11 and that you° make it your aim to be living quiet lives and to do your° own things, and to work with your° own hands (just-as we commanded you°), 4:12 in order that you° may walk decently toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.


    {1Th 4:13-17, 2Th 1:7-10}


     4:13 But brethren, we do not wish you° to be ignorant concerning those who have fallen-asleep; in order that you° may not be sorrowful like the rest who have no hope. 4:14 For* if we believe that Jesus died and rose* up again, so those who have fallen-asleep through Jesus, God will also be bringing* together with him. 4:15 For* this we are saying to you° in the word of the Lord, that we, the living, who are leaving at the presence of the Lord, may never* attain heaven before those who have fallen-asleep. 4:16 Because the Lord himself will be coming down from heaven, in a commanding yell, in the voice of the archangel and at the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be rising* up first; 4:17 thereafter we, the living, who are leaving, will be taken away at the same time together with them in the clouds, to the encounter of the Lord in the air, and so we will always be together with the Lord. 4:18 So-then, encourage° one another in these words.



[1 Thessalonians 5]



     5:1 Now brethren, you° have no need for anything to be written to you° concerning the times and the seasons. 5:2 For* you yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord so comes like a thief in the night. 5:3 For* whenever they are saying, Peace and security; then sudden utter-destruction stands by them, just-like the travail a woman has in her womb, and they may never* flee away from it. 5:4 But brethren, you° are not in darkness, in order that the day might overtake you° like a thief. 5:5 You° are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness; 5:6 Therefore consequently*, we should not sleep, like the rest also do, but let us watch and be sober. 5:7 For* those who are sleeping, sleep in the night, and those who are drunken, are drunken in the night. 5:8 But we, being of the day, should be sober; having clothed yourselves with the breastplate of faith and love*, and a helmet-- the hope of salvation. 5:9 Because God appointed* us not *for wrath, but *for the acquisition of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10 who died on our behalf, in order that, whether we should watch or sleep, we should live together with him at the same time. 5:11 Hence, encourage° one another and build° up one by one, just-as you° are also practicing.



     5:12 But brethren, we request of you° to know those who are laboring among you°, and are governing over you°, and admonishing you° in the Lord; 5:13 and to deem them exceptionally in love* because of their work. Be° at peace among yourselves. 5:14 But brethren, we encourage you°: admonish° the disorderly, console° the fainthearted, hold up the weak, have° patience toward all. 5:15 See° that not anyone repays evil in exchange-for evil to anyone, but always pursue° the good, both toward one another and toward all. 5:16 Rejoice° always. 5:17 Pray° constantly. 5:18 Give-thanks° in everything; for* this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you°. 5:19 Do° not quench the Spirit. 5:20 Do° not scorn prophesying. 5:21 Test° all things. Hold-onto° the good things. 5:22 Abstain° from every form of evil.



     5:23 Now may the God of peace himself make you° entirely holy, and may your° whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:24 He is faithful who calls you°, who will also do it.



     5:25 Brethren, pray° concerning us.



     5:26 Greet° all the brethren by a holy kiss. 5:27 I am imploring you° by the Lord that the letter be read to all the holy brethren.



     5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ is with you°. Amen.



     {NOTES: Please read the Preface and other non-bible sections. * is our universal footnoting for words contained in the 'Definitions' section. These words are NOT the same Greek word as the non-asterisk form; i.e. *FOR is different from FOR* is different from FOR.}




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