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The Second Epistle of St Paul the Apostle
to the Thessalonians

 

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The 1st Chapter

     Paul, Sylvanus and Timotheus.
     Unto the congregation of the Thessalonians which are in God our father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
     Grace be with you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
     We are bound to thank God always for you brethren, as it is *meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly, and every one of you swims in love toward another between yourselves, so that we ourselves rejoice of you in the congregations of God, over your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you suffer, which is a token of the righteous judgment of God, that you are counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer. It is verily a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you: and to you which are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall show himself from heaven with his mighty Angels, in flaming fire, rendering vengeance unto them that know not God, and to them that obey not unto the Gospell of our Lord Jesus Christ, which shall be punished with everlasting damnation, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be made marvelous in all them that believe: because our testimony that we had unto you, was believed even the same day that we preached it. Wherefore we pray always for you that our God make you worthy of the calling, and fulfil all *delectation of goodness and the work of faith, with power: that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, through the grace of our God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

*meet (worthy) *delectation (enjoyment, pleasure)

 

 

 

The 2nd Chapter

     We beseech you brethren by the coming of our Lord *Jesu Christ, and in that we shall assemble unto him, that you be not suddenly moved from your mind and be not troubled neither by spirit, neither by words, nor yet by letter which should seem to come from us, as though the day of Christ were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means, for the Lord comes not, except there come a departing first, and that, that sinful man be opened, the son of *perdition which is an adversary, and is exalted above all that is called God, or that is worshipped: so that he shall sit as God in temple of God, and show himself as God.
     Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now you know what withholds: even that he might be uttered at his time. For the mystery of that iniquity does he already work: till he which now only lets, be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be uttered, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the appearance of his coming even him whose coming is by the working of Satan, with all lying power, signs and wonders: and in all deceivableness of unrighteousness, among them that perish: because they received not the love of the truth, that they might have been saved. And therefore God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe lies: that all they might be damned which believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
     But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you brethren beloved of the Lord, for because that God has from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctifying of the spirit, and through believing the truth, whereunto he called you by our Gospell, to obtain the glory that comes of our Lord *Jesu Christ.
     Therefore brethren stand fast, and keep the ordinances which you have learned: whether it were by our preaching, or by epistle. Our Lord Jesu Christ himself, and God our father which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in all doctrine and good doing.

 

*Jesu; exact spelling : Hebrew for Jesus. *perdition (utter ruin)

 

 

 

The 3rd Chapter

     Furthermore brethren pray for us, that the word of God may have free passage and be glorified, as it is with you: and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men. For all men have not faith: but the Lord is faithful, which shall establish you, and keep you from evil. We have confidence through the Lord to you ward, that you both do, and will do, that which we command you. And the Lord guide your hearts unto the love of God and patience of Christ.
     We require you brethren in the name of our Lord Jesu Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks inordinately and not after the institution which you received of us. you yourselves know how you ought to follow us. For we behaved not ourselves inordinately among you. Neither took we bread of any man for nought: but wrought with labour and travail night and day, because we would not be grievous to any of you: not but that we had authority: but to make ourselves an example unto you, to follow us. For when we were with you, this we warned you of, that if there were any which would not work, that the same should not eat.
     We have heard say no doubt that there are some which walk among you inordinately, and work not at all, but are busybodies. Them that are such, we command and exhort by our Lord Jesu Christ, that they work with quietness, and eat their own bread. Brethren be not weary in well doing. If any man obey not our sayings, send us word of him by a letter: and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. And count him not as an enemy: but warn him as a brother.
     The very Lord of peace give you peace always, by all means. The Lord be with you all. The salutation of me Paul, with mine own hand. This is the token in all epistles. So I write. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

Here ends the second epistle of saint Paul
to the Thessalonians Sent from Athens

 

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