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.
2 For you yourselves know full well that 3the day of the Lord will come 4just like a thief in the night.
3 While they are saying, "5Peace and safety!" then 6destruction will come upon them suddenly like 7labor pains upon a woman with child *, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in 8darkness, that the day would overtake you 9like a thief;
5 for you are all 10sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of 11darkness;
6 so then let us not 12sleep as 13others do, but let us be alert and 14sober.
7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get 15drunk at night.
8 But since 16we are of the day, let us 17be sober, having put on the 18breastplate of 19faith and love, and as a 20helmet, the 21hope of salvation.
9 For God has not destined us for 22wrath, but for 23obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 24who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

Christian Conduct

12 But we request of you, brethren, that you 26appreciate those 27who diligently labor among you, and 28have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,
13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. 29Live in peace with one another.
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.
18 in everything 38give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 39Do not quench the Spirit;
21 But 41examine everything carefully; 42hold fast to that which is good;
22 abstain from every form of evil.
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.
24 48Faithful is He who 49calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
25 Brethren, 50pray for us.
26 51Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I adjure you by the Lord to 52have this letter read to all the 53brethren.
28 54The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.