1 Thessalonians 4

A Life Pleasing to God

1Finally, then, brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 10, 13
we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you b  received from us c  how you ought to walk and d  to please God, just as you are doing, that you e  do so more and more.
2For f  you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God g  your sanctification:
Or  your holiness
i  that you abstain from sexual immorality;
4that each one of you know how to control his own j  body
Or  how to take a wife for himself; Greek  how to possess his own vessel
in holiness and l  honor,
5not in m  the passion of lust n  like the Gentiles o  who do not know God; 6that no one transgress and p  wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is q  an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7For r  God has not called us for s  impurity, but in holiness. 8Therefore t  whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God u  who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

9Now concerning v  brotherly love w  you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been x  taught by God y  to love one another, 10for that indeed is what z  you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to aa  do this more and more, 11and to aspire ab  to live quietly, and ac  to mind your own affairs, and ad  to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12so that you may ae  walk properly before af  outsiders and be dependent on no one.

The Coming of the Lord

13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep ag  that you may not grieve as others do ah  who have no hope. 14For ai  since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him aj  those who have fallen asleep. 15For this we declare to you ak  by a word from the Lord
Or  by the word of the Lord
that am  we who are alive, who are left until an  the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16For ao  the Lord himself will descend ap  from heaven aq  with a cry of command, with the voice of ar  an archangel, and as  with the sound of the trumpet of God. And at  the dead in Christ will rise first. 17Then we who are alive, who are left, will be au  caught up together with them av  in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so aw  we will always be with the Lord. 18Therefore encourage one another with these words.

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