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1 Thessalonians 4:10-18 (New American Standard)

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10 for indeed 1you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to 2excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition 3to lead a quiet life and 4attend to your own business and 5work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will a6behave properly toward 7outsiders and b8not be in any need.

Those Who Died in Christ

13 But 9we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who 10are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do 11the rest who have 12no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, 13even so God will bring with Him 14those who have fallen asleep cin Jesus. 15 For this we say to you 15by the word of the Lord, that 16we who are alive dand remain until 17the coming of the Lord, will not precede 18those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord 19Himself 20will descend from heaven with a e21shout, with the voice of 22the archangel and with the 23trumpet of God, and 24the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then 25we who are alive fand remain will be 26caught up together with them 27in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always 28be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
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