1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
CJB 1 From: Sha’ul, Sila and Timothy To: The Messianic Community of the Thessalonians, united with God the Father and the Lord Yeshua the Messiah: Grace to you and shalom.
NLT 1 This letter is from Paul, Silas, and Timothy. It is written to the church in Thessalonica, you who belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May his grace and peace be yours.
CJB 2 We always thank God for all of you, regularly mentioning you in our prayers,
NLT 2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly.
CJB 3 calling to mind before God our Father what our Lord Yeshua the Messiah has brought about in you- how your trust produces action, your love hard work, and your hope perseverance.
NLT 3 As we talk to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and your continual anticipation of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
CJB 4 We know, brothers, that God has loved and chosen you;
NLT 4 We know that God loves you, dear brothers and sisters, and that he chose you to be his own people.
CJB 5 that the Good News we brought did not become for you a matter only of words, but also one of power, the Ruach HaKodesh and total conviction- just as you know how we lived for your sakes when we were with you.
NLT 5 For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know that the way we lived among you was further proof of the truth of our message.
CJB 6 You, indeed, became imitators of us and of the Lord; so that even though you were going through severe troubles, you received the Word with joy from the Ruach HaKodesh.
NLT 6 So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord.
CJB 7 Thus you became a pattern for all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia;
NLT 7 As a result, you yourselves became an example to all the Christians in Greece.
CBJ 8 for the Lord’s message sounded forth from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but everywhere your trust toward God became known. The result is that we don’t need to say anything;
NLT 8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Greece, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it,
CJB 9 since they themselves keep telling us about the welcome we received from you and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the true God, the one who is alive,
NLT 9 for they themselves keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the true and living God.
CJB 10 and to wait for his Son Yeshua, whom he raised from the dead, to appear from heaven and rescue us from the impending fury of God’s judgment.
NLT 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.
Stay blessed. Amen.