Old Testament

1 Thessalonians
The apostle Paul was the inspired writer of 1 Thessalonians. He wrote this letter from Corinth on his Second Missionary Journey. See Acts 18:1-18; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 3:1-2. The approximate date of writing may have been 51 AD.
11Paul, Silas,[] and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians, which is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.[]
Thanksgiving for the Faith of the Thessalonians
2We always give thanks to God for all of you as we make mention of you in our prayers, 3because we constantly remember before God our Father your work produced by faith, your labor produced by love, and your patient endurance produced by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
4Dear brothers,[] loved by God, we know that God has chosen you, 5because our gospel did not come to you with mere words, but with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. You yourselves know very well what kind of people we proved to be for your sake, while we were with you. 6You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you welcomed the word during a time of great affliction with the joy from the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia.[] 8Indeed, the word of the Lord has resounded from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith in God has become known. As a result, we do not need to say anything, 9because they themselves inform us about what kind of reception we received from you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God. 10They also report how you patiently wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead —Jesus, the one who is going to rescue us from the coming wrath.


  • 1:1 Silvanus in Greek
  • 1:1 A few witnesses to the text omit from God… Jesus Christ. (“Witnesses to the text” mentioned in footnotes may include Greek manuscripts, lectionaries, translations, and quotations in the church fathers.)
  • 1:4 When context indicates it, the Greek word for brothers may refer to all fellow believers, male and female.
  • 1:7 Macedonia and Achaia were the two provinces comprising Greece.