1 Thessalonians 5 NAS

The Day of the Lord

1 Now as to the 1times and the epochs, brethren, you 2have no need of anything to be written to you.

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2 For you yourselves know full well that 3the day of the Lord awill come 4just like a thief in the night.

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3 While they are saying, "5Peace and safety!" then b6destruction cwill come upon them suddenly like 7labor pains upon a woman with child *, and they will not escape.

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    • ˜ 5:3 - Or "sudden destruction"
    • ™ 5:3 - Lit "comes upon"
      4 But you, brethren, are not in 8darkness, that the day would overtake you d9like a thief;

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        • š 5:4 - One early ms reads "like thieves"
          5 for you are all 10sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of 11darkness;

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          6 so then let us not 12sleep as e13others do, but let us be alert and f14sober.

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            • › 5:6 - Lit "the remaining ones"
            • œ 5:6 - Or "self-controlled"
              7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get 15drunk at night.

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              8 But since 16we are of the day, let us 17be gsober, having put on the 18breastplate of 19faith and love, and as a 20helmet, the 21hope of salvation.

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                •  5:8 - Or "self-controlled"
                  9 For God has not destined us for 22wrath, but for 23obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

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                  10 24who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

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                  11 Therefore hencourage one another and 25build up one another, just as you also are doing.

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                    • ž 5:11 - Or "comfort"

                      Christian Conduct

                      12 But we request of you, brethren, that you i26appreciate those 27who diligently labor among you, and 28have charge over you in the Lord and give you jinstruction,

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                        • Ÿ 5:12 - Lit "know"
                        •   5:12 - Or "admonition"
                          13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. 29Live in peace with one another.

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                          14 We urge you, brethren, admonish 30the kunruly, encourage 31the fainthearted, help 32the weak, be 33patient with everyone.

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                          15 See that 34no one repays another with evil for evil, but always 35seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

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                          16 36Rejoice always;

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                          17 37pray without ceasing;

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                          18 in everything 38give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

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                          19 39Do not quench the Spirit;

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                          20 do not despise 40prophetic lutterances.

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                          21 But 41examine everything carefully; 42hold fast to that which is good;

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                          22 abstain from every mform of evil.

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                            • £ 5:22 - Or "appearance"
                              23 Now 43may the God of peace 44Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your 45spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, 46without blame at 47the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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                              24 48Faithful is He who 49calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

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                              25 Brethren, 50pray for usn.

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                                • ¤ 5:25 - Two early mss add "also"
                                  26 51Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

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                                  27 I adjure you by the Lord to 52have this letter read to all the 53brethren.

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                                  28 54The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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