1 Thessalonians 5

The Day of the Lord

1Now as to the a  times and the epochs, brethren, you b  have no need of anything to be written to you. 2For you yourselves know full well that c  the day of the Lord
Lit is coming
will come e  just like a thief in the night.
3While they are saying f  Peace and safety!” then
Or sudden destruction
h  destruction
Lit comes upon
will come upon them suddenly like j  labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.
4But you, brethren, are not in k  darkness, that the day would overtake you
One early ms reads like thieves
m  like a thief;
5for you are all n  sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of o  darkness; 6so then let us not p  sleep as
Lit the remaining ones
r  others do, but let us be alert and
Or self-controlled
t  sober.
7For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get u  drunk at night. 8But since v  we are of the day, let us w  be
Or self-controlled
sober, having put on the y  breastplate of z  faith and love, and as a aa  helmet, the ab  hope of salvation.
9For God has not destined us for ac  wrath, but for ad  obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 ae  who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11Therefore
Or comfort
encourage one another and ag  build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Christian Conduct

12But we request of you, brethren, that you
Lit know
ai  appreciate those aj  who diligently labor among you, and ak  have charge over you in the Lord and give you
Or admonition
13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. am  Live in peace with one another. 14We urge you, brethren, admonish an  the
Or undisciplined
unruly, encourage ap  the fainthearted, help aq  the weak, be ar  patient with everyone.
15See that as  no one repays another with evil for evil, but always at  seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 au  Rejoice always; 17 av  pray without ceasing; 18in everything aw  give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 ax  Do not quench the Spirit; 20do not despise ay  prophetic
Or gifts
21But ba  examine everything carefully; bb  hold fast to that which is good; 22abstain from every
Or appearance
form of evil.

23Now bd  may the God of peace be  Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your bf  spirit and soul and body be preserved complete bg  without blame at bh  the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 bi  Faithful is He who bj  calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

25Brethren bk  pray for us
Two early mss add also

26 bm  Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27I adjure you by the Lord to bn  have this letter read to all the bo  brethren.

28 bp  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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