While people are saying, "Peace and safety,"1 destruction will come on them suddenly,2 as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.34
But you, brothers, are not in darkness4 so that this day should surprise you like a thief.55
You are all sons of the light6 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,7 but let us be alert8 and self-controlled.97
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.108
But since we belong to the day,11 let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,12 and the hope of salvation13 as a helmet.149
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath15 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.1610
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.1711
Therefore encourage one another18 and build each other up,19 just as in fact you are doing.
Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard20 among you, who are over you in the Lord 21 and who admonish you.
Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.22