1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy: to the Church of the Thessalonians in God our Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ. 2Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3We are bound to always give thanks to God for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith is growing wonderfully and your mutual love for all is overflowing. 4Therefore, in the Churches of God, we boast about you for your patience, faith in all your persecutions and for the afflictions which you endure. 5This is an obvious sign of the righteous judgement of God, so that you may be accounted worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which you too suffer. 6It is righteous for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you 7and to give relief to you who are afflicted with us. This will be when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, 8bringing vengeance to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the Good News of our Lord Jesus. 9They will pay the penalty of eternal destruction from the face of the Lord and from the glory of his power, 10when he comes to be glorified in his holy ones and to be admired among all those who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed, in that Day.
11With this in mind, we also pray always for you, so that our God may account you worthy of your calling and fulfil with power every desire of goodness and work of faith. 12May the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Apostasy and the man of sin
1Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering to him, we ask you 2not to be quickly shaken in your mind. Do not be troubled by a prophecy, report or letter allegedly from us, saying that the day of Christ has come. 3Let no one deceive you in any way. This will not take place unless the apostasy comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction. 4He opposes and exalts himself over all that is called God or that is an object of religion to take his seat as God in the sanctuary of God, presenting himself as a god. 5Do you not remember that, when I was still with you, I told you these things? 6Now, you know what is restraining him, so that he may be revealed in his own time. 7The mystery of lawlessness is already at work. But now, there is one who restrains, until he is taken out of the way. 8Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the manifestation of his coming. 9The coming is according to Satan’s operation with all kinds of power, miracles and lying wonders, 10and with all deception of wickedness aimed at those who are being lost, because they did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be saved. 11Because of this, God sends them a strong delusion so that they should believe a lie 12and those who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness shall all be judged.
13Nevertheless, we must always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14Indeed, he called you through our Good News to obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15And so, brethren, stand firm and keep the traditions which we taught you, whether by word or by letter.
16May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal consolation and good hope through grace, 17comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.
Request for prayers – Against those who refuse to work
1As for other matters, brethren, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it is with you. 2Pray also that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men, for not all have faith. 3Still, the Lord is faithful; he will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 4We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you accomplish and will continue to accomplish the things which we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the endurance of Christ.
6Now we command you, brethren, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us. 7You know how you should imitate us: we did not behave as rebels among you 8and we did not eat bread from anyone’s hand without paying for it. We were in labour and hardship, working night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. 9It is not because we do not have this right, but we wanted to be an example to you so that you might imitate us. 10For even when we were with you, we gave you this instruction, “Anyone who will not work should not eat either.” 11Yet, we hear about some among you who live in rebellion, not working at all but interfering with other people’s lives. 12In the Lord Jesus Christ, we command and exhort those who live this way to work quietly and to eat their own bread.
13But you, brethren, do not grow tired of doing what is good. 14Take note of those who do not obey our word in this letter: suspend your fellowship to bring them to shame. 15Do not consider such a person as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16Now, may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. May the Lord be with you all.
17This is my greeting, Paul, with my own hand. This is the sign in every letter: this is my handwriting. 18May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.