1Kutoka kwa Paulo, Silvano na Timotheo. Kwa kanisa la Wathes alonike mlio wa Mungu Baba yetu na wa Bwana Yesu Kristo. 2 Tuna watakieni neema na amani kutoka kwa Mungu Baba na Bwana Yesu Kristo.
Sala Na Shukrani
3 Hatuna budi kumshukuru Mungu daima kwa ajili yenu, ndugu wapendwa; na ndivyo inavyostahili kwa sababu imani yenu inaongezeka zaidi na zaidi na upendo wa kila mmoja wenu kwa mwen zake unazidi kuongezeka. 4 Ndio maana sisi tunajivuna kwa ajili yenu miongoni mwa makanisa ya Mungu. Tunajivuna juu ya uvumilivu wenu na imani mliyo nayo katika mateso yote na dhiki mnazopata.
5 Haya yote yanathibitisha kwamba hukumu ya Mungu ni ya haki na kwa sababu hiyo ninyi mtastahili kupata Ufalme wa Mungu ambao mnateswa kwa ajili yake. 6 Mungu ni wa haki: atawalipa kwa mateso wale wanaowatesa ninyi 7 na kuwapeni ninyi mnaoteseka nafuu pamoja na sisi pia. Haya yatatokea wakati Bwana Yesu atakapodhi hirishwa kutoka mbinguni katika mwali wa moto pamoja na malaika wake wenye nguvu. 8 Atawahukumu wale wasiomjua Mungu, wasioitii Habari Njema ya Bwana wetu Yesu. 9 Wataadhibiwa kwa kuangamizwa milele na kutengwa na uso wa Bwana na utukufu wa nguvu zake, 10 siku ile atakapokuja kutukuzwa kwa ajili ya watakatifu wake na kustaajabiwa na watu wote walioamini. Ninyi pia mtakuwa mion goni mwa hawa kwa sababu mliamini ushuhuda wetu kwenu.
11 Kwa sababu hii tunawaombeeni bila kukoma, kwamba Mungu awahesabu kuwa mnastahili maisha aliyowaitia na kwamba kwa uwezo wake apate kutimiza kila nia njema mliyo nayo na kila tendo linalotokana na imani yenu. 12 Tunaomba hivi ili jina la Bwana wetu Yesu litukuzwe kwa ajili yenu nanyi mtukuzwe kwa ajili yake, kulingana na neema ya Mungu wetu na Bwana Yesu Kristo.
11-2 I, Paul, together with Silas and Timothy, greet the church of the Thessalonian Christians in the name of God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ. Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be.
Justice Is on the Way
3-4 You need to know, friends, that thanking God over and over for you is not only a pleasure; it’s a must. We have to do it. Your faith is growing phenomenally; your love for each other is developing wonderfully. Why, it’s only right that we give thanks. We’re so proud of you; you’re so steady and determined in your faith despite all the hard times that have come down on you. We tell everyone we meet in the churches all about you.
5-10 All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You’re suffering now, but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he’ll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time. His coming will be the break we’ve been waiting for. Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they’ve done. Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.
11-12 Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.