To The Thessalonians A


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Excerpt from my 2015 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians.

My 2012 translation of John’s first epistle begins at John A.

My 2015 translation of John’s second epistle begins at John B.

My 2015 translation of John’s third epistle begins at John Γ.

My 2015 translation of Paul’s letter to The Romans begins at To the Romans.

My 2004 translation of Paul’s first letter to the Korinthians begins at And Now For Something Completely Different….

My 2004 translation of Mark’s gospel begins at Mark 1.

My 2004 translation of John’s gospel begins at Start With John, along with a brief explanation of my interpretive approach.

1 1 Paul and Silouan and Timothe to the church of Thessalonike [which is] in god [the] father and [in our] lord Jesus Christ, grace to you and peace.

2 We give thanks to god always concerning all of you, making mention [of you] in our prayers constantly, 3 remembering your faithful work and toil of love and [also] your steadfast hope in our lord Jesus Christ before god [who is] also our father, 4 having seen, brothers beloved of god, your elect status [εκλογην], 5 [in effect] that [οτι] our gospel has not been generated in you in word only but also in power and in a holy spirit and [by, sic] a lot of reassurance [πληροφορια πολλη, ‘much certainty’], since you know what sort of things were generated [in, or among, sic] you because of us. 6 So you became imitators of us and of the lord, welcoming the word in great suffering with a joyful holy spirit, 7 so that you might become an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For the word of the lord went out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith before god has gone out, so that we have no need to say anything; 9 for they themselves reported concerning what sort of entrée we had with you [εισοδον] and how you returned to god from worshiping idols to serve the true and living god 10 and to await [the return of] his son from heaven, who was raised from [the, sic] dead, Jesus the one who rescues us from the wrath that surely is coming.

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This translation was taken from The Greek New Testament, Kurt Aland, et. al. eds., Third Edition (corrected), United Bible Societies, (in cooperation with the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, Münster/Westphalia, Printed in West Germany by Biblia-Druck GmbH Stuttgart),1983.

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