2 Thessalonians 1
1:1 From Paul1 and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians2 in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:2 Grace and peace to you3 from God the4 Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
1:3 We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters,5 and rightly so,6 because your faith flourishes more and more and the love of each one of you all for one another is ever greater. 1:4 As a result we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and afflictions you are enduring.
Encouragement in Persecution
1:5 This is evidence of God’s righteous judgment, to make you worthy7 of the kingdom of God, for which in fact you are suffering. 1:6 For it is right8 for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 1:7 and to you who are being afflicted to give rest together with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed9 from heaven with his mighty angels.10 1:8 With flaming fire he will mete out11 punishment on those who do not know God12 and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 1:9 They13 will undergo the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength,14 1:10 when he comes to be glorified among his saints and admired15 on that day among all who have believed – and you did in fact believe our testimony.16 1:11 And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling17 and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, 1:12 that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to18 the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.