1 Thessalonians 5:8-18 NIV

8 But since we belong to the day,1 let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,2 and the hope of salvation3 as a helmet.4

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      9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath5 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.6

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      10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.7

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      11 Therefore encourage one another8 and build each other up,9 just as in fact you are doing.

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      Final Instructions

      12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard10 among you, who are over you in the Lord 11 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.12

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      14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,13 encourage the timid, help the weak,14 be patient with everyone.

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      15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,15 but always try to be kind to each other16 and to everyone else.

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      16 Be joyful always;17

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      17 pray continually;18

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      18 give thanks in all circumstances,19 for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

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