1 Thessalonians 4

CHAPTER 4

An Appeal to Sanctification

The rest then, brethren, we ask you and appeal in the Lord Jesus, as you received from us the thing how it was necessary for you to walk and to please God, that you should abound more. For you know what exhortations we gave to you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God -- your sanctification, for you to be at a distance from harlotry. [3to know 1For each 2of you] his own vessel, to possess in sanctification and honor, not in passion of desire, as even the nations, the ones not knowing God; to not pass over and to overabound in the matter of his brother; for the one punishing is the Lord concerning all these things, as also we foretold to you, and we testified. [5not 1For 3called 4us 2God] unto uncleanness, but in sanctification. Accordingly the one disregarding, [2not 3man 1disregards], but God, the one also having given [3spirit 1his 2holy] to us. And concerning brotherly affection [2no 3need 1you have] for me to write to you; [3yourselves 1for 2you] are taught by God to love one another. 10 For also you do this towards all the brethren, the ones in all Macedonia! But we appeal to you, brethren, to abound more, 11 and to strive earnestly to be quiet, and to do your own things, and to work with [2own 3hands 1your], as we exhorted to you; 12 that you should walk decently towards the ones outside, and no one [2need 1should have].

The Arrival of The Lord

13 [2I do not 3want 1But] you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning the ones having gone to sleep, that you do not fret as even the rest, the ones not having hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose up, so also God [4the ones 5having gone to sleep 6through 7Jesus 1will bring 2with 3him]. 15 For this to you we say by word of the Lord, that we, the ones living, the ones remaining at the arrival of the Lord, in no way should anticipate the ones having gone to sleep. 16 For [3himself 1the 2Lord] in a word of command by the voice of an archangel, and with a trumpet of God, shall descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ shall rise up first. 17 Thereupon we the living, the ones remaining, together with them shall be seized in clouds, for meeting the Lord in the air, and thus at all times with the Lord we shall be. 18 So then comfort one another by these words!
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