1 Thessalonians 5 (New International Version)

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1 Now, brothers, about times and dates1 we do not need to write to you,2 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord3 will come like a thief in the night.4 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety,"5 destruction will come on them suddenly,6 as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.7 4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness8 so that this day should surprise you like a thief.9 5 You are all sons of the light10 and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,11 but let us be alert12 and self-controlled.13 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.14 8 But since we belong to the day,15 let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,16 and the hope of salvation17 as a helmet.18 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath19 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.20 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.21 11 Therefore encourage one another22 and build each other up,23 just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard24 among you, who are over you in the Lord25 and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.26 14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,27 encourage the timid, help the weak,28 be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,29 but always try to be kind to each other30 and to everyone else. 16 Be joyful always;31 17 pray continually;32 18 give thanks in all circumstances,33 for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire;34 20 do not treat prophecies35 with contempt. 21 Test everything.36 Hold on to the good.37 22 Avoid every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace,38 sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul39 and body be kept blameless40 at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.41 24 The one who calls42 you is faithful43 and he will do it.44 25 Brothers, pray for us.45 26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.46 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.47 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.48
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