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1 Thessalonians 4:9-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Loving and Working

9 About brotherly love: you don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another. 10 In fact, you are doing this toward all the brothers in the entire region of Macedonia. But we encourage you, brothers, to do so even more, 11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business,a and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk properlyb in the presence of outsidersc and not be dependent on anyone.d

The Comfort of Christ's Coming

13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep,e so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep throughf Jesus.g 15 For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord:h We who are still alive at the Lord's coming will certainly have no advantage overi those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,j with the archangel's voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encouragek one another with these words.
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