1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that ye should be written to,
2 for ye know perfectly well yourselves, that the day of [the] Lord so comes as a thief by night.
3 When they may say, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon her that is with child; and they shall in no wise escape.
4 But *ye*, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief:
5 for all *ye* are sons of light and sons of day; we are not of night nor of darkness.
6 So then do not let us sleep as the rest do, but let us watch and be sober;
7 for they that sleep sleep by night, and they that drink drink by night;
8 but *we* being of [the] day, let us be sober, putting on [the] breastplate of faith and love, and as helmet [the] hope of salvation;

References for 1 Thessalonians 5:8

    • a 5:8 - Compare 1Cor. 13.13: 'faith, hope, love, these three things.'
      9 because God has not set us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
      10 who has died for us, that whether we may be watching or sleep, we may live together with him.
      11 Wherefore encourage one another, and build up each one the other, even as also ye do.
      12 But we beg you, brethren, to know those who labour among you, and take the lead among you in [the] Lord, and admonish you,
      13 and to regard them exceedingly in love on account of their work. Be in peace among yourselves.
      14 But we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, comfort the faint-hearted, sustain the weak, be patient towards all.
      15 See that no one render to any evil for evil, but pursue always what is good towards one another and towards all;
      16 rejoice always;
      17 pray unceasingly;
      18 in everything give thanks, for this is [the] will of God in Christ Jesus towards you;
      19 quench not the Spirit;
      20 do not lightly esteem prophecies;
      21 but prove all things, hold fast the right;
      22 hold aloof from every form of wickedness.

      References for 1 Thessalonians 5:22

        • b 5:22 - The distinction between the expressions 'the right' and the word translated 'wickedness' (lit. 'evil') without an article is profoundly beautiful. The latter is looked at as a general thing, a genus, and has kinds or species. They were to hold fast 'the right,' the thing in itself. But we cannot speak of evil in itself as an abstract existence. Its most absolute form is Satan (as 'the wicked one,' see Matt. 13.19), though we may practically speak of 'evil,' but I cannot say 'evilness' as I can 'goodness.' I must suppose an existence of what is good to have an idea of evil. But if I say ' wickedness,' I think of an act or of evil will in someone, malice, and this gives the sense here.
          23 Now the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly: and your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
          24 He [is] faithful who calls you, who will also perform [it].
          25 Brethren, pray for us.
          26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
          27 I adjure you by the Lord that the letter be read to all the [holy] brethren.
          28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you.