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1 Thessalonians 5
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He proceeds in the former description of Christ's coming to judgment;
5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you.
5:2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.
5:3 For when they are saying,ďPeace and safety,Ēthen sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.
5:4 But you, brothers, arenít in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.
5:5 You are all children of light, and children of the day. We donít belong to the night, nor to darkness,
5:6 so then letís not sleep, as the rest do, but letís watch and be sober.
5:7 For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night.
5:8 But let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
5:9 For God didnít appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
5:10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
5:11 Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.
5:12 But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,
5:13 and to respect and honor them in love for their workís sake.
Be at peace among yourselves.
5:14 We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all.
5:15 See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all.
and gives divers precepts;
5:16 Rejoice always.
5:17 Pray without ceasing.
5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
5:19 Donít quench the Spirit.
5:20 Donít despise prophesies.
5:21 Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.
5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.
and so concludes the epistle.
5:23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
5:24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.
5:25 Brothers, pray for us.
5:26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
5:27 I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.
5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.