¶ Paul, Sylvanus and Timotheus.
¶ Unto the congregation of the Thessalonians, which are in God our father, and in the Lord Iesus Christ.
¶ Grace be with you and peace from God our father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ.
¶ We are bound to thank God always for you brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and every one of you swimmeth in love toward another between yourselves, so that we ourselves rejoice of you in the congregations of God, over your patience and faith in all your persecutions, and tribulations that ye suffer: which is a token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye are counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer. It is verily a righteous thing with God, to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you: and to you which are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Iesus shall shew himself from heaven, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, rendering vengeance unto them that know not God, and to them that obey not unto the gospell of our Lord Iesus Christ, which shall be punished with everlasting damnation, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be made marvelous in all them that believe: because our testimony that we had unto you, was believed even the same day that we preached it. Wherefore we pray always for you that our God make you worthy of the calling, and fulfil all delectation of goodness, and the work of faith, with power: that the name of our Lord Iesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, thorow the grace of our God, and of the Lord Iesus Christ.
© Faith of God
William Tyndale 1526