1 Thessalonians 5

The Day of the Lord

1Now concerning athe times and the seasons, brothers,
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 4, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27
cyou have no need to have anything written to you.
2For you yourselves are fully aware that dthe day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then esudden destruction will come upon them fas labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you gare not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5For you are all hchildren
Or sons; twice in this verse
of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
6So then jlet us not sleep, as others do, but let us kkeep awake and lbe sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, mare drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, nhaving put on the breastplate of ofaith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9For God has not destined us for pwrath, but qto obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 rwho died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Final Instructions and Benediction

12We ask you, brothers, sto respect those who labor among you and tare over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. uBe at peace among yourselves. 14And we urge you, brothers, admonish vthe idle,
Or disorderly, or undisciplined
xencourage the fainthearted, yhelp the weak, zbe patient with them all.
15See that aano one repays anyone evil for evil, but always abseek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 acRejoice always, 17 adpray without ceasing, 18 aegive thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 afDo not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise agprophecies, 21but ahtest everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.

23Now may aithe God of peace himself ajsanctify you completely, and may your akwhole alspirit and soul and body be kept blameless at amthe coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 anHe who calls you is faithful; aohe will surely do it.

25 apBrothers, pray for us.

26 aqGreet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

27I put you under oath before the Lord to have arthis letter read to all the brothers.

28 asThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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