1 Thessalonians 5:6-16 NIV

6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,1 but let us be alert2 and self-controlled.3

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7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.4

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8 But since we belong to the day,5 let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,6 and the hope of salvation7 as a helmet.8

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      9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath9 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.10

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      10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.11

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      11 Therefore encourage one another12 and build each other up,13 just as in fact you are doing.

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      Final Instructions

      12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard14 among you, who are over you in the Lord 15 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.16

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      14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,17 encourage the timid, help the weak,18 be patient with everyone.

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      15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,19 but always try to be kind to each other20 and to everyone else.

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      16 Be joyful always;21

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