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1 Thessalonians 4

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He exhorts them to go forward in all manner of godliness;

4:1 Finally then, brothers, we beg and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, that you abound more and more.

4:2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

4:3 For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,

4:4 that each one of you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honor,

4:5 not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who donít know God;

to live holily and justly;

4:6 that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.

4:7 For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.

4:8 Therefore he who rejects this doesnít reject man, but God, who has also given his Holy Spirit to you.

to love one another;

4:9 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,

4:10 for indeed you do it toward all the brothers who are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers, that you abound more and more;

and quietly to follow their own business;

4:11 and that you make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, even as we instructed you;

4:12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and may have need of nothing.

and last of all, to sorrow moderately for the dead.

4:13 But we donít want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you donít grieve like the rest, who have no hope.

4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

4:15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left to the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep.

4:16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven

with a shout,
with the voice of the archangel,
and with Godís trumpet.
  The dead in Christ will rise first, *

And unto this last exhortation is annexed a brief description of the resurrection, and second coming of Christ to judgment.

4:17 then we who are alive,

who are left,
will be caught up together with them in the clouds,
to meet the Lord in the air.
  So we will be with the Lord forever.

4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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