Paulo Adwumayɛ Wɔ Tesalonika
1Anuanom, mo ankasa munim sɛ sra a yɛbɛsraa mo no anyɛ ɔkwa. 2Munim ayayade a wɔyɛɛ yɛn ne ɔyaw a wɔyaw yɛn wɔ Filipi ansa na yɛreba mo nkyɛn wɔ Tesalonika no. Ɛwɔ mu sɛ na nnipa bi tia yɛn de, nanso yɛn Nyankopɔn hyɛɛ yɛn den ma yɛkaa Asɛmpa a efi ne mu no. 3Asɛmpa a yɛka kyerɛɛ mo no mfi adwemmɔne anaa nnaadaa mu, na mmom, nea yɛkae no yɛ nokware turodoo. 4Daa yɛka nokware, sɛnea Onyankopɔn hwehwɛ yɛn sɛ yɛnka no, efisɛ ɔpene so na ɔde Asɛmpa no nso ama yɛn sɛ yɛnka. Yɛmpɛ sɛ yɛsɔ nnipa ani, na mmom Onyankopɔn a ɔsɔ yɛn adwene hwɛ no ani na yɛpɛ sɛ yɛsɔ. 5Munim pefee sɛ yɛamma ha sɛ yɛrebɛka nnaadaasɛm akyerɛ mo anaasɛ yɛde sikanibere rebɛkata yɛn ani akasa. Onyankopɔn ne yɛn danseni. 6Sɛ moyɛ Kristo asomafo no nti, anka yɛwɔ ho kwan sɛ yɛpɛ anuonyam fi mo nkyɛn, nanso yemmisaa anuonyam mfii mo anaasɛ onipa foforo bi nkyɛn ɛ. 7Yɛwɔ mo nkyɛn no, na yɛne mo te odwo so, sɛnea ɔbeatan kokɔ ne mma. 8Yɛhwɛɛ mo yiye, nyaa mo ho anigye sononko; mpo yɛdaa yɛn ho so sɛ yɛde yɛn nkwa bɛto hɔ ama mo, bere a yɛde Onyankopɔn Asɛmpa no brɛɛ mo no. 9Anuanom, minim sɛ mokae adwuma a yɛyɛɛ ne brɛ a yɛbrɛe. Yɛyɛɛ adwuma awia ne anadwo; sɛnea Onyankopɔn Asɛmpa no ka na yɛka kyerɛɛ mo no, yɛremfa ɔhaw bi mmɛto mo so. 10Mo ne Onyankopɔn yɛ yɛn nnansefo. Yɛn suban a yɛdaa no adi kyerɛɛ mo a mugyee Asɛmpa no dii no yɛ kronkron a eye na mfomso biara nni ho. 11Mo ara munim sɛ yɛne mo tenaa sɛnea agya ne nʼankasa mma tena. 12Yɛhyɛɛ mo nkuran; yɛkyekyee mo werɛ na yɛkɔɔ so tuu mo fo sɛ montena ase wɔ ɔkwan a ɛsɔ Onyankopɔn a ɔfrɛ mo wɔ nʼahenni ne nʼanuonyam mu no so.
13Daa yɛbɛda Onyankopɔn ase wɔ saa asɛm yi ho. Bere a yɛkaa Onyankopɔn asɛm kyerɛɛ mo no, mutie gye dii sɛ ɛnyɛ asɛm a efi onipa nkyɛn, na mmom ampa ara sɛ efi Onyankopɔn nkyɛn. Mo a moagye adi no Onyankopɔn yɛ adwuma wɔ mo mu. 14Anuanom, nsɛm a ɛtotoo Onyankopɔn asafo a na ɛwowɔ Yudea ne nnipa a wɔwɔ hɔ a na wɔyɛ Kristo Yesu nkurɔfo no bi ara na ato mo yi. Ɔtaa a mo ara mo manfo taa mo no bi na Yudafo a 15wokum Awurade Yesu ne adiyifo no de taa yɛn nso. Onyankopɔn ani nsɔ wɔn, na wɔne nnipa di asi bere biara. 16Wɔbɔ mmɔden sɛ wobesiw yɛn kwan, sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a yɛrentumi nkɔka asɛm a ɛbɛma amanamanmufo no nkwagye nkyerɛ wɔn. Eyi maa wɔn bɔne kɔɔ so daa. Na Onyankopɔn abufuw wɔ wɔn so.
Paulo Pɛ Sɛ Ɔkɔsra Wɔn Bio
17Anuanom, yɛantumi amma mo nkyɛn wɔ bere tiaa bi mu, nanso bere biara na yɛdwene mo ho. Yɛpɛɛ sɛ yehu mo, na yɛbɔɔ mmɔden biara sɛ yebehyia mo ankasa. 18Yɛpɛɛ sɛ yɛbɛsan aba mo nkyɛn. Me Paulo de, na mepɛ sɛ meba hɔ boro pɛnkoro nanso ɔbonsam siw yɛn ho kwan. 19Nanso dɛn ne yɛn anidaso, anigye, anaa ahenkyɛw a ɛbɛma yɛn anuonyam wɔ Awurade Yesu anim bere a ɔbɛsan aba no? Ɛnyɛ mo ana? 20Nokware ni, yɛn ahohoahoa ne yɛn ahosɛpɛw gyina mo so.
Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica
1You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. 2We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. 3For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. 4On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. 5You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. 6We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. 7Instead, we were like young children2:7 Some manuscripts were gentle among you.
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. 9Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe. 14For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God’s churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews 15who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone 16in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit. The wrath of God has come upon them at last.2:16 Or them fully
Paul’s Longing to See the Thessalonians
17But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you. 18For we wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, did, again and again—but Satan blocked our way. 19For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? 20Indeed, you are our glory and joy.