for indeed1you do practice it towardall the brethrenwho are in allMacedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to 2excelstillmore,
and to make it your ambition3to lead a quietlife and 4attend to your own business and 5work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
12so that you will a6behaveproperlytoward7outsiders and b8not be in anyneed.
But 9we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, aboutthose who 10are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do 11the rest who have12nohope.
For if we believe that Jesusdied and roseagain, 13evensoGod will bring with Him 14those who have fallenasleepcin Jesus.
For this we say to you 15by the word of the Lord, that 16we who are alivedand remainuntil17the coming of the Lord, will not precede18those who have fallenasleep.
For the Lord19Himself20will descend from heaven with a e21shout, with the voice of 22the archangel and with the 23trumpet of God, and 24the dead in Christ will risefirst.
17Then25we who are alivefand remain will be 26caught up together with them 27in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always28be with the Lord.
18Thereforecomfortoneanother with thesewords.