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1 Thessalonians 4:5-15 (New American Standard)

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5 not in a1lustful passion, like the Gentiles who 2do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and 3defraud his brother 4in the matter because 5the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also 6told you before and solemnly warned you. 7 For 7God has not called us for 8the purpose of impurity, but bin sanctification. 8 So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who 9gives His Holy Spirit to you. 9 Now as to the 10love of the brethren, you 11have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are 12taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed 13you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to 14excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition 15to lead a quiet life and 16attend to your own business and 17work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will c18behave properly toward 19outsiders and d20not be in any need.

Those Who Died in Christ

13 But 21we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who 22are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do 23the rest who have 24no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, 25even so God will bring with Him 26those who have fallen asleep ein Jesus. 15 For this we say to you 27by the word of the Lord, that 28we who are alive fand remain until 29the coming of the Lord, will not precede 30those who have fallen asleep.
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