1 Thessalonians 4

Sanctification and Love

1 a  Finally then b  brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to
Or conduct yourselves
,
d  walk and e  please God (just as you actually do
Or conduct yourselves
walk), that you g  excel still more.
2For you know what commandments we gave you
Lit through the Lord
by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you i  abstain from
Or fornication
sexual immorality;
4that k  each of you know how to
Or acquire
possess his own
I.e. body; or wife
,
n  vessel in sanctification and o  honor,
5not in
Lit passion of lust
,
q  lustful passion, like the Gentiles who r  do not know God;
6and that no man transgress and s  defraud his brother t  in the matter because u  the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also v  told you before and solemnly warned you. 7For w  God has not called us for x  the purpose of impurity, but
I.e. in the state or sphere of
in sanctification.
8So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who z  gives His Holy Spirit to you.

9Now as to the aa  love of the brethren, you ab  have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are ac  taught by God to love one another; 10for indeed ad  you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to ae  excel still more, 11and to make it your ambition af  to lead a quiet life and ag  attend to your own business and ah  work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12so that you will
Lit walk
,
aj  behave properly toward ak  outsiders and
Lit have need of nothing
,
am  not be in any need.

Those Who Died in Christ

13But an  we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who ao  are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do ap  the rest who have aq  no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again ar  even so God will bring with Him as  those who have fallen asleep
Lit through
in Jesus.
15For this we say to you au  by the word of the Lord, that av  we who are alive
Lit who
and remain until ax  the coming of the Lord, will not precede ay  those who have fallen asleep.
16For the Lord az  Himself ba  will descend from heaven with a
Or cry of command
,
bc  shout, with the voice of bd  the archangel and with the be  trumpet of God, and bf  the dead in Christ will rise first.
17Then bg  we who are alive
Lit who
and remain will be bi  caught up together with them bj  in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always bk  be with the Lord.
18Therefore comfort one another with these words.
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