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2 Thessalonians 1

Thanksgiving for Faith and Perseverance

1Paul, Silvanus (Silas), and Timothy,

To the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

We ought always and indeed are morally obligated [as those in debt] to give thanks to God for you, [a]brothers and sisters, as is fitting, because your faith is growing ever greater, and the [unselfish] [b]love of each one of you toward one another is continually increasing. Therefore, we speak of you with pride among the churches of God for your steadfastness [your unflinching endurance, and patience] and your firm faith in the midst of all the persecution and [crushing] distress which you endure. This is a positive proof of the righteous judgment of God [a sign of His fair verdict], so that you will be considered worthy of His kingdom, for which indeed you are suffering. For after all it is only just for God to repay with distress those who distress you, and to give relief to you who are so distressed and to us as well when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in a flame of fire, dealing out [full and complete] vengeance to those who do not [seek to] know God and to those who ignore and refuse to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus [by choosing not to respond to Him]. These people will pay the penalty and endure the punishment of [c]everlasting destruction, banished from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day [that is, glorified through the changed lives of those who have accepted Him as Savior and have been set apart for His purpose], and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed and trusted [and confirmed in your lives]. 11 With this in view, we constantly pray for you, that our God will count you worthy of your calling [to faith] and with [His] power fulfill every desire for goodness, and complete [your] every work of faith, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you [by what you do], and you in Him, according to the [precious] grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 Lit brethren, includes all born-again believers.
  2. 2 Thessalonians 1:3 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
  3. 2 Thessalonians 1:9 Not annihilation, but the loss of all meaningful things.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

帖撒羅尼迦後書 1

1我保羅同西拉和提摩太寫信給帖撒羅尼迦屬於我們父上帝和主耶穌基督的教會。

願我們的父上帝和主耶穌基督賜給你們恩典和平安!

感恩與勸勉

弟兄姊妹,我們應當為你們常常感謝上帝,這是合宜的,因為你們的信心不斷增長,彼此相愛的心也不斷增加。 因此,我們在上帝的眾教會中誇獎你們在各種迫害和患難中的堅忍和信心。 你們這種表現正是上帝公義審判的明證,使你們配進上帝的國,你們正在為這國受苦。

上帝是公義的,祂必以患難來報應那些迫害你們的人。 當主耶穌和祂大能的天使在烈焰中從天上顯現時,祂必使你們這些受苦的人和我們同得安慰, 懲罰那些不認識上帝、不聽從有關我們主耶穌之福音的人。 那些人要受的刑罰就是離開主的面和祂榮耀的權能,永遠滅亡。 10 主降臨的那日,祂要在祂的眾聖徒中得到榮耀,使所有的信徒驚歎不已。你們也會在當中,因為你們相信了我們做的見證。

11 因此,我們常常為你們禱告,願我們的上帝看你們配得祂的呼召,用大能成全你們一切美好的心願和憑信心所做的工作。 12 這樣,按照我們的上帝和主耶穌基督所賜的恩典,主耶穌基督的名便在你們身上得到榮耀,你們也在祂身上得到榮耀。