The Day of the Lord

1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you,

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2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

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3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

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4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

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5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.

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6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

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7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.

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

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      9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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      10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

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      11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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