“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;”
King James Version (KJV)
1:9 For they themselves - The people wherever we come.
1Th 1:9 For they themselves. The people "every place" (1Th 1:8). How ye turned to God from idols. Most of them had been heathen. See the accounts in Ac 17:4.