1 Thessalonians 51 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction shall come upon them, as birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that this day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep in the night; and those who get drunk, get drunk in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not appointed us to suffer wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Therefore, comfort one another, and build one another up, just as you are doing. 12 And we urge you, brethren, to respect those who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are idle or unruly, encourage the timid, support the weak, be patient toward all. 15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil; but always seek that which is good, both for yourselves, and for all men. 16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophesying. 21 Test all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all forms of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he who calls you, who also will do it. 25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brethren. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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