1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
4上帝所爱的弟兄姊妹，我们知道上帝拣选了你们， 5因为我们传福音给你们不只是靠言语，也靠上帝的能力、圣灵的同在和充分的确据。你们也知道，我们为了你们的缘故怎样在你们中间行事为人。 6你们效法了我们和我们的主，尽管深受苦难，仍然怀着圣灵所赐的喜乐领受真道， 7成了马其顿和亚该亚所有信徒的榜样。 8主的道从你们那里不仅传到了马其顿和亚该亚，还传到了其他各地，你们对上帝的信心也广为人知，我们无须再多说什么。 9因为人们都在传讲你们如何接待我们，如何离弃偶像归向上帝，事奉又真又活的上帝， 10等候祂的儿子从天降临，就是祂使之从死里复活、救我们脱离将来可怕审判1:10 “可怕审判”希腊文是“烈怒”。的耶稣。