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1 Thessalonians 4:9-18 (New American Standard)

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9 Now as to the 1love of the brethren, you 2have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are 3taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed 4you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to 5excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition 6to lead a quiet life and 7attend to your own business and 8work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will a9behave properly toward 10outsiders and b11not be in any need.

Those Who Died in Christ

13 But 12we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who 13are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do 14the rest who have 15no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, 16even so God will bring with Him 17those who have fallen asleep cin Jesus. 15 For this we say to you 18by the word of the Lord, that 19we who are alive dand remain until 20the coming of the Lord, will not precede 21those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord 22Himself 23will descend from heaven with a e24shout, with the voice of 25the archangel and with the 26trumpet of God, and 27the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then 28we who are alive fand remain will be 29caught up together with them 30in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always 31be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
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