4 Masters, treat your slaves with justice and fairness, because you know that you also have a master in heaven.
2 Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time pray 1 for us too, that 2 God may open a door for the message 3 so that we may proclaim 4 the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. 5 4 Pray that I may make it known as I should. 6 5 Conduct yourselves 7 with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunities. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer everyone.
7 Tychicus, a dear brother, faithful minister, and fellow slave 8 in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. 9 8 I sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are doing 10 and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 I sent him 11 with Onesimus, the faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. 12 They will tell 13 you about everything here.
10 Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you greetings, as does Mark, the cousin of Barnabas (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him). 11 And Jesus who is called Justus also sends greetings. In terms of Jewish converts, 14 these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a slave 15 of Christ, 16 greets you. He is always struggling in prayer on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured 17 in all the will of God. 13 For I can testify that he has worked hard 18 for you and for those in Laodicea and Hierapolis. 14 Our dear friend Luke the physician and Demas greet you. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters 19 who are in Laodicea and to Nympha and the church that meets in her 20 house. 21 16 And after 22 you have read this letter, have it read 23 to the church of Laodicea. In turn, read the letter from Laodicea 24 as well. 17 And tell Archippus, “See to it that you complete the ministry you received in the Lord.”
18 I, Paul, write this greeting by my own hand. 25 Remember my chains. 26 Grace be with you. 27
1 From Paul 1 and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians 2 in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you! 3
2 We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly 4 in our prayers, 3 because we recall 5 in the presence of our God and Father 6 your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope 7 in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 We know, 8 brothers and sisters 9 loved by God, that he has chosen you, 10 5 in that 11 our gospel did not come to you merely in words, 12 but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you). 13
6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received 14 the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction. 7 As a result you became an example 15 to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8 For from you the message of the Lord 16 has echoed forth not just in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place reports of your faith in God have spread, 17 so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For people everywhere 18 report how you welcomed us 19 and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath. 20
2 For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, 1 about our coming to you – it has not proven to be purposeless. 2 2 But although we suffered earlier and were mistreated in Philippi, 3 as you know, we had the courage in our God to declare to you the gospel of God 4 in spite of much opposition. 3 For the appeal we make 5 does not come 6 from error or impurity or with deceit, 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we declare it, not to please people but God, who examines our hearts. 5 For we never appeared 7 with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed – God is our witness – 6 nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others, 7 8 although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ; instead we became 9 little children 10 among you. Like a nursing mother caring for her own children, 8 with such affection for you 11 we were happy 12 to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you recall, brothers and sisters, 13 our toil and drudgery: By working night and day so as not to impose a burden on any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe. 11 As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children, 12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory. 13 And so 14 we too constantly thank God that when you received God’s message that you heard from us, 15 you accepted it not as a human message, 16 but as it truly is, God’s message, which is at work among you who believe. 14 For you became imitators, brothers and sisters, 17 of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, because you too suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they in fact did from the Jews, 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets 18 and persecuted us severely. 19 They are displeasing to God and are opposed to all people, 16 because they hinder us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they constantly fill up their measure of sins, 20 but wrath 21 has come upon them completely. 22
17 But when we were separated from you, brothers and sisters, 23 for a short time (in presence, not in affection) 24 we became all the more fervent in our great desire 25 to see you in person. 26 18 For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) 27 but Satan thwarted us. 19 For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of 28 before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you? 20 For you are our glory and joy!