Now, brothers, about times and dates1 we do not need to write to you,22
for you know very well that the day of the Lord 3 will come like a thief in the night.43
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.74
But you, brothers, are not in darkness8 so that this day should surprise you like a thief.95
You are all sons of the light10 and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,11 but let us be alert12 and self-controlled.137
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.148
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.189
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath19 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.2010
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.2111
Therefore encourage one another22 and build each other up,23 just as in fact you are doing.
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard24 among you, who are over you in the Lord 25 and who admonish you.
Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.2614
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,27 encourage the timid, help the weak,28 be patient with everyone.
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,29 but always try to be kind to each other30 and to everyone else.
Be joyful always;3117
give thanks in all circumstances,33 for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not put out the Spirit's fire;3420
do not treat prophecies35 with contempt.
Test everything.36 Hold on to the good.3722
Avoid every kind of evil.
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.4124
The one who calls42 you is faithful43 and he will do it.4425
Brothers, pray for us.4526
Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.4627
I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.4728
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.48