1 Thessalonians 4

1And furthermore we beseeche you, brethren, and exhort you in the Lord Iesus, that ye increase more and more, as ye haue receiued of vs, how ye ought to walke, and to please God.

2For ye knowe what commandements we gaue you by the Lord Iesus.

3For this is the will of God euen your sanctification, and that ye should abstaine from fornication,

4That euery one of you should know, how to possesse his vessell in holines and honour,

5And not in the lust of concupiscence, euen as the Gentiles which know not God:

6That no man oppresse or defraude his brother in any matter: for the Lord is auenger of all such thinges, as we also haue tolde you before time, and testified.

7For God hath not called vs vnto vncleannesse, but vnto holinesse.

8Hee therefore that despiseth these thinges, despiseth not man, but God who hath euen giuen you his holy Spirit.

9But as touching brotherly loue, ye neede not that I write vnto you: for ye are taught of God to loue one another.

10Yea, and that thing verily yee doe vnto all the brethren, which are throughout all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more,

11And that ye studie to be quiet, and to meddle with your owne busines, and to worke with your owne handes, as we commanded you,

12That yee may behaue your selues honestly towarde them that are without, and that nothing be lacking vnto you.

13I would not, brethren, haue you ignorant concerning them which are a sleepe, that ye sorow not euen as other which haue no hope.

14For if we beleeue that Iesus is dead, and is risen, euen so them which sleepe in Iesus, will God bring with him.

15For this say we vnto you by the worde of the Lord, that we which liue, and are remayning in the comming of the Lord, shall not preuent them which sleepe.

16For the Lord himselfe shall descende from heauen with a shoute, and with the voyce of the Archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17Then shall we which liue and remaine, be caught vp with them also in the clouds, to meete the Lord in the ayre: and so shall we euer be with the Lord.

18Wherefore, comfort your selues one another with these wordes.

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