1Paul, Silas1:1 Greek Silvanus, a variant of Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you.
Thanksgiving for the Thessalonians’ faith
2We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. 3We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4For we know, brothers and sisters1:4 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in 2:1, 9, 14, 17; 3:7; 4:1, 10, 13; 5:1, 4, 12, 14, 25, 27. loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. 7And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. 8The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia – your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, 9for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you 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 – Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.
1Paulo, Silivano ndi Timoteyo.
Tikulembera mpingo wa ku Tesalonika, umene uli mwa Mulungu Atate ndi Ambuye Yesu Khristu.
Chisomo ndi mtendere kwa inu.
Kuyamikira Chikhulupiriro cha Atesalonika
2Ife timayamika Mulungu nthawi zonse chifukwa cha inu. Timakutchulani mʼmapemphero athu. 3Nthawi zonse timakumbukira ntchito yanu yachikhulupiriro, yachikondi ndi kupirira kwanu kwa chiyembekezo mwa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu, pamaso pa Mulungu wathu ndi Atate.
4Abale okondedwa ndi Mulungu, tikudziwa kuti Mulungu anakusankhani, 5chifukwa uthenga wathu wabwino sunafike kwa inu ndi mawu okha, koma ndi mphamvu za Mzimu Woyera ndi chitsimikizo chachikulu. Mukudziwa mmene tinkakhalira pakati panu kuti tikuthandizeni. 6Inu mwakhala otitsatira athu ndi a Ambuye; ngakhale kuti panali masautso akulu, munalandira uthenga mwachimwemwe chochokera kwa Mzimu Woyera. 7Ndipo potero munakhala chitsanzo kwa abale onse a ku Makedoniya ndi Akaya. 8Kuchokera kwa inu, uthenga wa Ambuye unamveka ku Makedoniya ndi ku Akaya ndipo mbiri ya chikhulupiriro chanu mwa Mulungu yamveka ponseponse. Choncho sikofunikanso kuti tinene kanthu, 9pakuti iwo amafotokoza za momwe munatilandirira. Iwo amatiwuza za momwe munatembenukira kwa Mulungu kusiya mafano ndi kutumikira Mulungu wamoyo ndi woona. 10Ndipo mukudikira Mwana wake kuchokera kumwamba, Yesu, amene Mulungu anamuukitsa kwa akufa. Iyeyo amatipulumutsa ku mkwiyo umene ukubwera.