1 Thessalonians 4:6-16 NIV

6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him.1 The Lord will punish men2 for all such sins,3 as we have already told you and warned you.

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7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.4

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8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.5

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9 Now about brotherly love6 we do not need to write to you,7 for you yourselves have been taught by God8 to love each other.9

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10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia.10 Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.11

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11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands,12 just as we told you,

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12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders13 and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

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The Coming of the Lord

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant14 about those who fall asleep,15 or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.16

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14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again17 and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.18

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15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord,19 will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.20

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16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,21 with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel22 and with the trumpet call of God,23 and the dead in Christ will rise first.24

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