1 Paul and Sil·vaʹnus* and Timothy+ to the congregation of the Thes·sa·loʹni·ans in union with God our Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ: 2 May YOU have undeserved kindness and peace from God the Father and [the] Lord Jesus Christ.+ 3 We are obligated to give God thanks always for YOU,+ brothers, as it is fitting, because YOUR faith is growing+ exceedingly and the love of each and all of YOU is increasing one toward the other.+ 4 As a result we ourselves take pride+ in YOU among the congregations of God because of YOUR endurance and faith in all YOUR persecutions and the tribulations that YOU are bearing.+ 5 This is a proof of the righteous judgment of God,+ leading to YOUR being counted worthy of the kingdom of God,+ for which YOU are indeed suffering.+ 6 This takes into account that it is righteous on God’s part to repay* tribulation to those who make tribulation for YOU,+ 7 but, to YOU who suffer tribulation, relief along with us at the revelation*+ of the Lord Jesus from heaven with his powerful angels+ 8 in a flaming fire, as he brings vengeance*+ upon those who do not know God+ and those who do not obey+ the good news about our Lord Jesus.+ 9 These very ones will undergo the judicial punishment+ of everlasting destruction+ from before the Lord and from the glory of his strength,+ 10 at the time he comes to be glorified in connection with his holy ones+ and to be regarded in that day with wonder in connection with all those who exercised faith, because the witness* we gave met with faith among YOU. 11 To that very end indeed we always pray for YOU, that our God may count YOU worthy of [his] calling+ and perform completely all he pleases of goodness and the work of faith with power; 12 in order that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in YOU,+ and YOU in union+ with him, in accord with the undeserved kindness+ of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.*
^ Or, “Silas.”
^ Lit., “to give back instead.”
^ Or, “uncovering; disclosure.” Gr., a·po·ka·lyʹpsei.
^ “Vengeance.” Gr., ek·diʹke·sin; Lat., vin·dicʹtam.
^ “Witness.” Gr., mar·tyʹri·on; Lat., te·sti·moʹni·um.
^ See App 6E.