1Ovo je pismo od Pavla, Sile1:1 U grčkome: Silvana. i Timoteja solunskoj Crkvi koja je u Bogu, našemu Ocu, i u Gospodinu Isusu Kristu.
2Neka vam je milost i mir od Boga Oca i od Gospodina Isusa Krista.
Ohrabrenje u progonstvu
3Draga braćo i sestre, ne možemo a da uvijek ne zahvaljujemo Bogu za vas, za vašu vjeru koja jača i za vašu veliku međusobnu ljubav. 4Ponosno govorimo drugim Božjim crkvama o vašoj postojanoj vjeri u progonstvima i u nevoljama koje trpite.
5One su samo najava pravednoga Božjeg suda na kojemu će vas Bog proglasiti dostojnima svojega Kraljevstva za koje i trpite. 6Bog će pravedno kazniti vaše progonitelje patnjom, 7a vama progonjenima, kao i nama, dati spokoj kad se s neba objavi Gospodin Isus. On će doći s moćnim anđelima 8i s plamenim ognjem te donijeti osvetu onima koji ne priznaju Boga i ne žele se pokoriti Radosnoj vijesti o našemu Gospodinu Isusu Kristu. 9Bit će kažnjeni vječnom propašću, zauvijek odvojeni od Gospodnjega lica i od njegove silne slave 10na dan kada on dođe primiti slavu i čast od svojega svetog naroda, od svih vjernika. Među njima ste i vi jer ste povjerovali našemu svjedočanstvu o njemu.
11Zato se stalno molimo za vas, da vas Bog učini dostojnima života na koji vas je pozvao i da on svojom snagom dovrši svaku vašu dobru nakanu i svako dobro djelo— 12da bi zbog vas svi slavili ime našega Gospodina Isusa te da i vi budete proslavljeni u njemu po milosti našega Boga i Gospodina Isusa Krista.
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1I, Paul, am writing this letter. Silas and Timothy join me in writing.
We are sending this letter to you, the members of the church in Thessalonica. You belong to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Paul Prays and Gives Thanks
3Brothers and sisters, we should always thank God for you. That is only right, because your faith is growing more and more. We also thank God that the love you all have for one another is increasing. 4So among God’s churches we brag about the fact that you don’t give up easily. We brag about your faith in all the suffering and testing you are going through.
5All of this proves that when God judges, he is fair. So you will be considered worthy to enter God’s kingdom. You are suffering for his kingdom. 6God is fair. He will pay back trouble to those who give you trouble. 7He will help you who are troubled. And he will also help us. All these things will happen when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come in blazing fire. He will come with his powerful angels. 8He will punish those who don’t know God. He will punish those who don’t obey the good news about our Lord Jesus. 9They will be destroyed forever. They will be shut out of heaven. They will never see the glory of the Lord’s strength. 10All these things will happen when he comes. On that day his glory will be seen in his holy people. Everyone who has believed will be amazed when they see him. This includes you, because you believed the witness we gave you.
11Keeping this in mind, we never stop praying for you. Our God has chosen you. We pray that he will make you worthy of his choice. We pray he will make every good thing you want to do come true. We pray that he will do this by his power. We pray that he will make perfect all that you have done by faith. 12We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus will receive glory through what you have done. We also pray that you will receive glory through what he has done. We pray all these things in keeping with the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.