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1 Thessalonians 5

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5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that anything be written to you.

5:2 For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night.

5:3 For when they are saying, "Peace and safety," then sudden destruction will come on them, like birth pains on a pregnant woman; and they will in no way escape.

5:4 But you, brothers, aren't in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.

5:5 You are all children of light, and children of the day. We don't belong to the night, nor to darkness,

5:6 so then let's not sleep, as the rest do, but let's watch and be sober.

5:7 For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night.

5:8 But let us, since we belong to the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

5:9 For God didn't appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

5:10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

5:11 Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do.

5:12 But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,

5:13 and to respect and honor them in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.

5:14 We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all.

5:15 See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all.

5:16 Rejoice always.

5:17 Pray without ceasing.

5:18 In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.

5:19 Don't quench the Spirit.

5:20 Don't despise prophesies.

5:21 Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.

5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.

5:23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

5:24 He who calls you is faithful, who will also do it.

5:25 Brothers, pray for us.

5:26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

5:27 I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.

5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

 

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