9Now as to the 1love of the brethren, you 2havenoneed for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are 3taught by God to loveoneanother;
for indeed4you do practice it towardall the brethrenwho are in allMacedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to 5excelstillmore,
and to make it your ambition6to lead a quietlife and 7attend to your own business and 8work with your hands, just as we commanded you,
12so that you will a9behaveproperlytoward10outsiders and b11not be in anyneed.
But 12we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, aboutthose who 13are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do 14the rest who have15nohope.
For if we believe that Jesusdied and roseagain, 16evensoGod will bring with Him 17those who have fallenasleepcin Jesus.
For this we say to you 18by the word of the Lord, that 19we who are alivedand remainuntil20the coming of the Lord, will not precede21those who have fallenasleep.
For the Lord22Himself23will descend from heaven with a e24shout, with the voice of 25the archangel and with the 26trumpet of God, and 27the dead in Christ will risefirst.
17Then28we who are alivefand remain will be 29caught up together with them 30in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always31be with the Lord.
18Thereforecomfortoneanother with thesewords.