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1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you. 2 We always thank God for you all as we make mention of you in our prayers, 3 * continually recalling your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ before our God and Father, 4 knowing, brothers loved by God, your choosing, 5 that our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in Holy Spirit and profound conviction, as you know what we were like for your sake when we were among you. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word with joy over the Holy Spirit while in much trouble, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaea. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded out not only in Macedonia and Achaea, but in every place the news of your faith toward God is out, so that we have no need to talk of anything; 9 for they themselves report about us what sort of entrance to you we had, and how you turned to God from the idols to belong to a live and genuine God 10 and to await his Son from heaven, the one he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us out of the coming wrath.
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