EHSV First Thessalonians

Translation by Daniel Gregg

First Thessalonians 1

Thanksgiving for Their Faithfulness
1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy to the assembly of the Thes­sa­lo­nians, in the Al­mĭgh­ty, the Fă­ther and ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah: loving-kindness to you and shalōm.
2 We give thanks to the Al­mĭgh­ty always for all of you, making men­tion of you in our prayers, con­stantly bearing in mind your work of faithfulness and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah, in the presence of our Al­mĭgh­ty and Fă­ther, knowing, brothers beloved by the Al­mĭgh­ty, his choice of you.
5 Because our good news did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spĭr­it and with full conviction, just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. You also became imitators of us and ’Adŏ­nai̱, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spĭr­it, so that you became an example to all those affirming faithfulness in Macedonia and in Acha­ia.
8 Because the word of Yăhwēh has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faithfulness toward the Al­mĭgh­ty has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything, because they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to the Al­mĭgh­ty from idols to serve a liv­ing and true Al­mĭgh­ty, 10 and to wait for his Sŏn from the heavens, whom he raised from the dead, who is Yĕshūa̒, who delivers us from the coming wrath.

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Paul’s Ministry
1 Because you yourselves know, bro­thers, that our coming to you was not in vain, but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our Al­mĭgh­ty to speak to you the good news of the Al­mĭgh­ty amid much opposition, because our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit, but just as we have been approved by the Al­mĭgh­ty to be affirmed faithful with the good news, so we speak, not as pleasing men but the Al­mĭgh­ty, who examines our hearts, because we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed, the Al­mĭgh­ty is witness, nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as emissaries of Mĕs­si­ah we could throw our weight around. But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother taking care of her own chil­dren.
8 Having likewise a fond affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the good news of the Al­mĭgh­ty but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us. Because you remember, brothers, our labor and toil, working night and day, so as not to put a burden on any of you, that we proclaimed to you the good news of the Al­mĭgh­ty. 10 You are witnesses, and the Al­mĭgh­ty, how in holy manner, and righteous way and blameless way we were toward you who affirm faithfulness, 11 even as you know how, each one of you, as a father his children, we were ex­hor­ting and encouraging and testifying, 12 that you should walk in a way worthy of the Al­mĭgh­ty who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 13 And because of this we also give thanks to the Al­mĭgh­ty without ceasing, that as you received word of the report from us of the Al­mĭgh­ty, you received not the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of the Al­mĭgh­ty, which also works in you who affirm faithfulness.
14 14 Because you, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of the Al­mĭgh­ty that are in Yehūdah, in Mĕs­si­ah Yĕshūa̒, because you also suffered the same things under your own coun­trymen, even as they under the Yehūdi̱m, 15 who even killed ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to the Al­mĭgh­ty, but hostile to all men, 16 hindering us from speaking to the nations that they might be saved, with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath overtakes them to the end.
17 17 But we, brothers, having been orphaned from you for an hour’s time, in person, not in spirit, were all the more eager with great desire to see your face, 18 because we wanted to come to you, I Paul, more than once, and yet Sâtan thwarted us. 19 Because who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ at his coming? 20 Because you are our glory and joy.

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Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit
1 Therefore when we could en­dure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone. And we sent Timothy, our brother and the Al­mĭgh­ty’s fellow worker in the good news of Mĕs­si­ah, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faithfulness, so that no man may be disturbed by these afflictions, because you yourselves know that we have been destined for this, because indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction, and so it came to pass, as you know. For this reason, when I could endure it no longer, I also sent to find out about your faithfulness, for fear that the tempter might have tempted you, and our labor should be in vain.
6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of your faithfulness and love, and that you always think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you. For this reason, brothers, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faithfulness, because now we really live, if you stand firm in Yăhwēh.
9 Because what thanks can we render to the Al­mĭgh­ty for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our Al­mĭgh­ty on your account, 10 as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faithfulness? 11 Now may our Al­mĭgh­ty and Fă­ther himself and Yĕshūa̒ our ’Adŏ­nai̱ direct our way to you.
12 12 And may Yăhwēh cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you, 13 so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our Al­mĭgh­ty and Fă­ther at the coming of our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ with all his holy ones.

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Sanctification and Love
1 Finally then, brothers, we request and exhort you in ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒, that, as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please the Al­mĭgh­ty, just as you actually do walk, that you may excel still more, because you know what com­mand­ments we gave you by ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒. Because this is the will of the Al­mĭgh­ty, your sanctification, that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the nations who do not know the Al­mĭgh­ty, and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter, because Yăhwēh is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you, because the Al­mĭgh­ty has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. Consequently, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the Al­mĭgh­ty who gives his Holy Spĭr­it to you.
9 Now as to the love of the bro­thers, you have no need for anyone to write to you, because you your­selves are taught by the Al­mĭgh­ty to love one another, 10 because indeed you do practice it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
Those Who Died in Mĕssiah
13 13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are falling asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope. 14 Because if we affirm faithfulness, because Yĕshūa̒ died and rose again, even so the Al­mĭgh­ty will bring with him those who are fallen asleep in Yĕshūa̒. 15 Because this we say to you by the word of Yăhwēh, that we who are alive, and remain until the presence of Yăhwēh, will not overtake those who are fallen asleep. 16 Because Yăhwēh himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the chief Mĕs­senger, and with the shōfar of the Al­mĭgh­ty, and the dead in Mĕs­si­ah will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be carried away in the clouds together with them to meet Yăhwēh by air, and thus we will always be with Yăhwēh. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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The Day of Yăhwēh
1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brothers, you have no need of anything to be written to you, because you yourselves know full well that the day of Yăhwēh will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Shalōm and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that the day should over­take you like a thief, because you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness, so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. Because those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faithfulness and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation, because the Al­mĭgh­ty has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah, 10 who died for us, that whether we are awake or may sleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
12 12 But we request of you, bro­thers, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in Yăhwēh and give you instruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in shalōm with one another. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.
15 15 See that no one repays ano­ther with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.
16 16 Rejoice always! 17 Pray with­out ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks, because this is the Al­mĭgh­ty’s will for you in Mĕs­si­ah Yĕshūa̒.
19 19 Do not quench the Spĭrit. 20 Do not despise prophetic utter­ances. 21 But test all things. Hold fast to that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 23 Now may the Al­mĭgh­ty of shalōm himself sanctify you wholly perfect, and may your spirit and soul and body be pre­served wholly intact, blamelessly in the presence of our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah. 24 Faithful is he who calls you. And he also will bring it to pass.
25 25 Brothers, pray for us.
26 26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
27 27 I solemnly charge you by Yăhwēh to have this letter read to all the bro­thers.
28 28 The loving-kindness of our ’Adŏ­nai̱ Yĕshūa̒ the Mĕs­si­ah be with you.

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