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PAUL, and Sylvanus, and Timothy, to the church of
the Thessalonians which is in God our Father, and in our 2 Lord Jesus Christ : favour be to you, and peace, from
God our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. 3 We ought to thank God always for you, brethren, as
it is fit, that your faith increaseth exceedingly, and that
the love of every one of you all toward each other 4 aboundeth : so that we ourselves glory in you among the
churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your 5 persecutions and afflictions which ye endure; for a mani
festation of the just judgement of God, and to the end
that ye may be rendered worthy* of the kingdom of God, 6 for which ye even suffer: since it is a just thing with
God, to recompense affliction to those who afflict you : 7 but to you that are afficted, rest with us, when the Lord
Jesus shall be manifested from heaven, with his mighty 8 angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on those that
know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord 9 Jesus (Christ :) and these shall suffer punishment,
* counted worthy, N.
+ Gr, the angels of his might. N. m.
even everlasting destruction, from the face of the Lord, 10 and from the glory of his power* ; when he shall come
in that dayt to be glorified by his saints, and to be ad
mired by all those that have believed: (for our testi11 mony among you hath been believed.) To which end
we pray also for you always, that our God would render you worthy of this calling, and accomplish with power,
every kind intention of beneficence and work of faith 1 : 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified
by you, and ye by him, according to the favourll of our
God and of our Lord Jesus Christ. CH. 11. Now we beseech you, brethren, concerning the ap
pearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering 2 together unto him, that ye be not easily shaken from
your judgement, or troubled either by revelation of the
spirit, or by word, or by epistle, as from us, that the 3 day of the Lord is instantly coming**. Let no man de
ceive you by any means: for that day will not come, un
less there come a falling away first, and the man of sin 4 be revealed, the son of destruction ; who opposeth, and
exalteth himself above every one that is called god, or
the object of worship: so that he sittethtt in the temple 5 of God, shewing himself to be a god. Remember ye
not that, when I was yet with you, I told you these 6 things ? And now ye know what hindereth; to the end 7 that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mys
* Or, his glorious power. N. m.
+ that great day, N. See Wakefield. “count you worthy of this calling, and accomplish all the gracious pleasure of his goodness, and your work of faith with power," N. 11 i.e. gratuitous goodness, N. m. Or, gracious gospel.
the day of Christ, R. T. ** See Chandler, near, N. Nempe hoc anno; nam EVESNKEY dicitur de re præsenti. Rom. vii. 38. 1 Cor. iii. 22. Grotius. The apotsle had never affirmed that the second coming of Christ was to take place instantaneously, or that very year, as he knew that some important events were to intervene. But this is by no means inconsistent with the supposition, that he might expect this event to take place before the decease of some who were then living. See the note upon 1 Thess. iv. 15.
# as God be sitteth, etc. R. T.
tery of unrighteousness already worketh : only he who
now hindereth* will hinder, until he be taken out of the 8 way. And then the unrighteous one will be revealed,
whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of
his mouth, and will destroy with the brightness of his 9 appearance : even him, whose appearance is according
to the working of Satan, with all false miracles and 10 signs and wonderst, and with all iniquitous deceit among
those that are lost; because they received not the love of 11 the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause
God will send them a mighty working of error, that they 12 should believe falsehood; so that all will be condemned
who believe not the truth, but have pleasure in iniquity. 13 But we ought to give thanks always to God for you,
brethren beloved of the Lord, that God from the begin
ning chose you to salvation, through sanctification of the 14 spirit, and through belief of the truth: for which end, he
hath called you by the gospel which we preach , to the
obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brethren, stand firmly, and hold fast the tra
ditions which ye have been taught, whether by our word 16 or epistle. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our
God and Father, that hath loved us, and hath given us
everlasting comfort and good hope through his favour, 17 comfort your hearts, and establish [youll] in every good
doctrine and work. Ch. 11. FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the word of
the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as 2 it is among you; and that we may be delivered from un3 reasonable and wicked men : for all have not faith. But
the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and keep 4 you from evill. And we have confidence through the
Or, only there is who now hindereth, until etc. N. m.
Or, establish them. MSS.
Lord, concerning, you, that ye both do, and will do, the 5 things which we command you. And may the Lord di
rect your hearts to the love of God, and to patient wait
ing for Christ. 6 Now, we command you, brethren, in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw yourselves from every
brother that walketh irregularly*, and not according to 7 the traditiont which they received from us. For your
selves know how ye ought to imitate us; for we behaved 8 not ourselves in a disorderly way among you : nor did
we eat bread from any man for nothing; but worked with
labour and toil, night and day, that we might not be 9 burthensome to any of you : not because we have no
right; but to make ourselves an example to you, that ye 10 might imitate us. For, when we were with you, this we
commanded you, that, if any be not willing to work, 11 neither let him eat. For we hear that there are some that
walk among you in a disorderly way, doing no business, 12 but prying into the business of others. Now those that
are such we command, and exhort by our Lord Jesus
Christ, that they do their own business with quiet, and 13 eat their own bread. But, brethren, be not ye weary in 14 well-doing. And if any man obey not our word by this
epistle, mark that man, and keep not company with him, 15 that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an 16 enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now the Lord
of peace himself give you peace ever in every mannerll.
The Lord be with you all. 17 The salutation by the hand of me Paul ; which is my 18 token in every epistle : thus I write. The favour of our
Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
* "in a disorderly way," N.
which he received, R, T.
+ i. e. doctrine, N. m.
Or, in every place. MSS. N. m.
FIRST EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL
PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the appointment 2 of God our Saviour and Christ Jesus", our hope, to Timothy my own son in the faith ; favour, mercy, and peacef from God [our] Father, and Christ Jesus our
Lord. 3 As I besought thee to remain at Ephesus, when I went
into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some not to 4 teach other doctrines, nor give heed to fables, and end
less genealogies, which minister questions rather than 5 the dispensation of God which is by faith t; so do. Now
the end of this charge to thee is love out of a pure heart, 6 and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: from
all which some having erred, have turned aside to vain 7 talk; desiring to be teachers of the law, yet not under
standing what they say, nor concerning what they strong
• and the Lord Jesus Christ, R. T. who is our hope, N.
This is the reading of all the ancient manuscripts except the Clermont. The meaning is, that idle questions concerning the fabulous genealogies of the Oriental philosophy would rather lead to trifling and endless disputes, than to a practical knowledge of the gospel dispensation. The Primate adopts the received text, and renders the passage ** rather than that godly edifying which is by faith.”