Philippians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 1

1 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:

2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is right for me to think this of you all because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the affection of Jesus Christ.

9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that you may approve the excellent things, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12-14 But I would have you understand, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places. Many of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much bolder to speak the word without fear.

15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ in contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my chains; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached, and therein I do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19-26 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose I do not know. For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith, that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27-29 Only let your conversation be as it is becoming of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to the evidence of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God. For to you, it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for His sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.

Philippians Chapter 2

Philippians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 2

1-4 Therefore, if there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than themselves. Each man should look out not only for his own things but also for the things of others.

5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.

14-16 Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

17-18 Yes, and if I am offered as an offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am happy and rejoice with you all. For the same reason, you also be happy and rejoice with me.

19-24 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I may also be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no man like-minded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ. But you know the proof of Him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25-30 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he who ministered to my needs. For he longed for you all and was full of heaviness because you had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick close to death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore, I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again, you may rejoice and that I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in honor; because for the work of Christ, he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in service toward me.

Philippians Chapter 3

Philippians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 3

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me, to write the same things to you indeed is not grievous, but for you, it is safe.

2-6 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks he might have trust in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7-11 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith; that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.

12-14 Not as though I have already attained, or that I have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may latch on to that for which Christ Jesus also has latched on for me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forward to those things ahead, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15-16 Therefore, let us, as many as are mature, be thus minded, and if, in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us agree.

17-21 Brethren, be followers together of me and note those who so walk as you have us for an example. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our wretched body, that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is even able to subdue all things to himself.

Philippians Chapter 4

Philippians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 4

1 Therefore, my dearly beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2-3 I implore Euodias and beseech Syntyche that they agree in the Lord. And I entreat you also, true companion, help the women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other fellow-laborers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things you have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you.

10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last your care for me has flourished again, wherein you were also careful, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned to be content in whatsoever state I am. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

14-20 Nevertheless, you have done well that you shared in my affliction. Now you Philippians know also that at the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but you only. For even in Thessalonica, you sent once and again for my necessities. Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things that were sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, and well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21-22 greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians Chapter 1

Colossians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has in all the world, and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

9-14 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, giving thanks to the Father, who has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. By him were all things created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and by Him, all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He might have the preeminence.

19-20 For it pleased the Father that in Him all fullness should dwell, and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him, to reconcile all things to himself, by him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.

21-23 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight, if you continue in the faith grounded and steadfast, and have not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, of which I Paul was made a minister.

24-29 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is lacking the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for the sake of his body, which is the church, of which I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, unto what purpose I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.

Colossians Chapter 2

Colossians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 2

1-3 For I would think that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and receiving of all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4-5 And this I say, lest any man should deceive you with enticing words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing to behold your order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

6-7 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8-10 Beware lest any man cheats you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power.

11-15 In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with him in baptism, in which you have also raised with him through the faith in the working of God, who has raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16-19 Let no man, therefore, judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no man cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, increasing with the increase from God.

20-23 Therefore if you died with Christ from the fundamentals of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances, Touch not, taste not, and handle not, which all are things that perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? Things that indeed have an appearance of wisdom in worship, humility, and neglecting the body, but of no value against satisfying the flesh.

Colossians Chapter 3

Colossians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 3

1-4 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, you shall also appear with him in glory.

5-7 Therefore put to death your members who are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil sexual desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry. For the wrath of God is coming on the children of disobedience for these actions, in which you also walked in times past when you lived in them.

8-11 But now you also are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

12-17 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a quarrel against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged.

22-25 Servants, in all things, obey your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in the sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong shall reap for the wrong he has done, and there is no respecter of persons.

Colossians Chapter 4

Colossians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 4

1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

2-4 Continue in prayer, and be vigilant with thanksgiving; also, pray for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5-6 Walk in wisdom toward those who are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

7-9 Tychicus, a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow-servant will declare to you all my works in the Lord; whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known to you all things which are done here.

10-11 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, by whom you received commandments, and if he comes to you, receive him, and Jesus, who is called Justus, who are all of the circumcision. These are my only fellow-workers for the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me.

12-15 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him record, that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and Nymphas and the church which is in his house.

16-17 And when this epistle is read among you, also cause that it be read in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

18 The salutation by my hand, Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace, be with you. Amen.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 1

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2-5 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, a labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.

6-10 And you became followers of the Lord and of us, having received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Ghost, so that you were examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you, the word of the Lord sounded out not only in Macedonia and Achaia but also in every place your faith toward God has spread abroad so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves show to us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 2

1-3 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God with many conflicts. For our exhortation was not of deception, nor of uncleanness, nor in trickery.

4-9 But as we were allowed by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so, we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness. Nor did we seek from men, neither from you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nursing mother cherishes her children. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls because you were dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we would not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

10-12 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe, as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children, that you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

13-16 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectually works in you who believe. For you, brethren became followers of the churches of God, which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus. For you also have suffered the same things by your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets and have persecuted us. They do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their measure of ongoing sins, for wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

17-20 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we wanted to come to you, even I Paul, once and again, but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For you are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 3

1-5 Therefore when we could no longer endure, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow-laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith, that no man should be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that we are appointed to this. For truly, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it came to pass, and you know. For this reason, when I could no longer endure, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor is in vain.

6-8 But now that Timothy came to us from you, and brought us the good news of your faith and charity, and that you always have good remembrance of us, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you. Therefore, brethren, we were comforted in all our affliction and distress by your faith. For we now live if you stand fast in the Lord.

9-10 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

11-13 Now our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love toward one another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you, to the end, that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 4

1-2 Furthermore, brethren, we urge you and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, so you would abound more and more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3-8 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the lust of strong sexual desire, like the Gentiles who know not God; that no man should take advantage of or defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. Therefore, he despises this does not despise man, but God, who has also given to us his Holy Spirit.

9-12 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that I write to you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another, and indeed you do it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; and that you learn to be quiet, and to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk honestly toward those who are without, and that you may lack nothing.

13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, God will also bring with him those who sleep in Jesus.

15-18 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who are asleep. For the Lord, himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 5

1-10 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. When they shall say Peace and safety, sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober. For they who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Therefore comfort one another and edify one another, just as you also do.

12-13 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14-15 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, and be patient toward all men. See that no one renders evil for evil to any man, but always follows that which is good, both among yourself and all men.

16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19-22 Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from all appearances of evil.

23-24 And I pray that the very God of peace will sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is faithful who called you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle is read to all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 1

2 Thessalonians Chapter 1

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 1

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-10 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting because your faith grows exceedingly. The charity of every one of you all abounds toward each other so that we ourselves glory in you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer, seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God, and that do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his power on that day when he comes to be glorified in His saints and to be admired by all those who believe because our testimony among you was believed.

11-12 Therefore, we also always pray for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 2

1-4 Now we exhort you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by a letter from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day will not come, unless there comes a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5-12 Do you not remember that I told you these things when I was still with you? And now you know what is restraining, that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. The wicked one will then be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of his mouth and destroy with the brightness of his coming. Even he, whose coming is after Satan's working with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those that will perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all might be damned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

13-15 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which he called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions you have been taught, whether by word or our epistle.

16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 3

1-2 Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for not all men have faith.

3-4 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things that we command you.

5 And may the Lord direct your hearts in the love of God and in the patience of Christ.

6-9 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received of us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; neither did we eat another man's bread for nothing, but with labor and toil, we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we have no power, but to show ourselves an example for you to follow us.

10-12 For even when we were with you, we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. We hear that some walk among you disorderly, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

13-15 But you, brethren, do not become weary in well-doing. And if any man obeys not our word in this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself always give you, in all ways, peace. The Lord be with you all.

17 This salutation of Paul with my own hand is a sign in every epistle, so I write.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

1 Timothy Chapter 1

1 Timothy Chapter 1

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 1

1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope,

2 To Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3-7 As I urged you when I went to Macedonia to remain in Ephesus, that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which causes confusion, rather than godly edification which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of sincere faith, from which some having strayed have turned aside to vain babblings, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say, nor the things they affirm.

8-11 But we know that the law is good if a man uses it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

12-17 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formally a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a dangerous man. Still, I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant, with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who should hereafter believe in him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

18-20 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which were made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith, and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning faith have become shipwreck, of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy Chapter 2

1 Timothy Chapter 2

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 2

1-7 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and humility. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was ordained a preacher, and an apostle. I speak the truth in Christ and do not lie, a teacher of faith and truth to the Gentiles.

8-15 I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner, women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair, gold, pearls, or expensive clothing, but proper for women professing godliness with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all submission, as I do not allow a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression. Nevertheless, she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, charity, and holiness, with steadiness.

1 Timothy Chapter 3

1 Timothy Chapter 3

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 3

1-7 This is a true saying, If a man desires a bishop's office, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, able to teach, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in subjection with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he falls into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he falls into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8-13 Likewise, the deacons must be grave, not double-tongued, not given too much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them serve in the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so, must their wives be reverent, not slanderers, sober, and faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served the office of a deacon well obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14-16 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Timothy Chapter 4

1 Timothy Chapter 4

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 4

1-5 Now the Spirit expressly says, that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

6-11 If you put the brethren in remembrance of these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and the good doctrine you have acquired. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather to godliness. For bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is and that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. Therefore we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially those who believe. These things command and teach.

12-16 Let no man despise your youth, but you be an example to the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, and to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the presbytery's hands. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may appear to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this, you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

1 Timothy Chapter 5