1 Thessalonians 5:12-22 NIV

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard1 among you, who are over you in the Lord 2 and who admonish you.

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13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.3

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14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,4 encourage the timid, help the weak,5 be patient with everyone.

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15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,6 but always try to be kind to each other7 and to everyone else.

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16 Be joyful always;8

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17 pray continually;9

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18 give thanks in all circumstances,10 for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

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19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire;11

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20 do not treat prophecies12 with contempt.

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21 Test everything.13 Hold on to the good.14

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22 Avoid every kind of evil.