1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:28

Those Who Died in Christ

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep [a]in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive [b]and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a [c]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 [d]and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord [e]will come just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then [f]destruction [g]will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you [h]like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as [i]others do, but let us be alert and [j]sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be [k]sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore [l]encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Christian Conduct

But we request of you, brethren, that you [m]appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you [n]instruction, and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. We urge you, brethren, admonish the [o]unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic [p]utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every [q]form of evil.

Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

Brethren, pray for us[r].

Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


Footnotes
  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Lit through
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Lit who
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or cry of command
  4. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Lit who
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 Lit is coming
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Or sudden destruction
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Lit comes upon
  8. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 One early ms reads like thieves
  9. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Lit the remaining ones
  10. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Or self-controlled
  11. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Or self-controlled
  12. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or comfort
  13. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Lit know
  14. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 Or admonition
  15. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or undisciplined
  16. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Or gifts
  17. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Or appearance
  18. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Two early mss add also

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