1. 1 Thessalonians 2:1–5:22 (ESV)
  2. Structure and outline

The number of sections of which the main body consists

1 Thessalonians 2:1–5:22 (ESV)

1 For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain.

The main body of the letter consists of two main sections. The first main division (1 Thessalonians 2:1 – 3:13) narrates Paul’s initial contact with the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:1–12); their initial response to his preaching (1 Thessalonians 2:13–16); his longing for them, which resulted in Timothy’s mission to encourage them in their faith (1 Thessalonians 2:17 – 3:10); and a prayer for further contact (1 Thessalonians 3:11–13). The second main division (1 Thessalonians 4:1 – 5:22) comprises various kinds of exhortation, as well as a correction of mistaken beliefs about the coming of the Lord.