1 Thessalonians 5:3-13 NIV

3 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.3

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4 But you, brothers, are not in darkness4 so that this day should surprise you like a thief.5

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5 You are all sons of the light6 and sons 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,7 but let us be alert8 and self-controlled.9

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7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.10

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8 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.14

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      9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath15 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.16

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      10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.17

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      11 Therefore encourage one another18 and build each other up,19 just as in fact you are doing.

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      Final Instructions

      12 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.

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      13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.22

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