THE PROLOG TO THE FIRST EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE THESSALONIANS

Because they received —because they dyd receaue (Orig.)

Example —ensample (Orig.)

This epistle did Paul write of exceeding love and care: and praises them in the two first chapters, because they received the gospel earnestly, and had in tribulation and persecution continued therein steadfastly, and were become an example unto all congregations, and have thereto suffered of their own kinsmen as Christ and his apostles did of the Jews, putting them thereto in mind, how purely and godly he had lived among them to their example, and thanks God that his gospel had brought forth such fruit among them.

In the third chapter, he shews his diligence and care, lest his so great labour and their so blessed a beginning should have been in vain, Satan and his apostles vexing them with persecution, and destroying their faith with men’s doctrine. And therefore he sent Timothy to them to comfort them and strengthen them in the faith, and thanks God that they had so constantly endured, and desired God to increase them.

In the fourth he exhorts them to keep themselves from sin, and to do good one to another. And thereto he informs them concerning the resurrection.

In the fifth he writes of the last day, that it should come suddenly, exhorting to prepare themselves thereafter and to keep a good order concerning obedience and rule.

 

 

THE PROLOGE TO THE FYRST EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE THESSALONYANS

This pystledyd Paul wryte of exceadynge loue and care: and prayseth them in the. ij. fyrst Chapters, because they dyd receaue the gospell ernestly, and had in tribulacion and persecucion continued therin stedfastlye, and were become an ensample vnto all congregacions, and hath therto soffred of their awne kynsmen as Christ and his Apostles dyd of the Iewes, puttinge them therto in mynde, how purelye and godlye he had lyued amounge them to their ensample, and thanketh God that his gospell had brought forth soche frute amonge them.

In the thyrde Chapter, he sheweth his diligence and care, lest his so great laboure and their so blessed a begynnynge shuld haue been in vayne, Satan and his Apostles vexinge them with persecucion, and destroyenge their fayth with mennes doctryne. And therfore he sent Timothe to themto comforte them and strength them in the fayth, and thanketh God that they had so constantly endured, and desyred God to encrease them.

In the fourth he exhorteth them to kepe them selues from synne, and to do good one to another. And therto he informeth them concerninge the resurreccion.

In the fyueth he wryteth of the last daye, that it shuld come sodenlye, exhortinge to prepare them selues therafter and to kepe a good order concerninge obedience and rule.