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1 Thessalonians 4 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now then, brothers and sisters, because of the Lord Jesus we ask and encourage you to excel in living a God-pleasing life even more than you already do. Do this the way we taught you. 1 Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.
2 You know what orders we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God's will that you keep away from sexual sin as a mark of your devotion to him. 3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 Each of you should know that finding a husband or wife for yourself is to be done in a holy and honorable way, 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 not in the passionate, lustful way of people who don't know God. 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
6 No one should take advantage of or exploit other believers that way. The Lord is the one who punishes people for all these things. We've already told you and warned you about this. 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.
7 God didn't call us to be sexually immoral but to be holy. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
8 Therefore, whoever rejects this [order] is not rejecting human authority but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 You don't need anyone to write to you about the way Christians should love each other. God has taught you to love each other. 9 Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.
10 In fact, you are showing love to all the Christians throughout the province of Macedonia. We encourage you as believers to excel in love even more. 10 And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.
11 Also, make it your goal to live quietly, do your work, and earn your own living, as we ordered you. 11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,
12 Then your way of life will win respect from those outside [the church], and you won't have to depend on anyone else for what you need. 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
13 Brothers and sisters, we don't want you to be ignorant about those who have died. We don't want you to grieve like other people who have no hope. 13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.
14 We believe that Jesus died and came back to life. We also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring back those who have died. They will come back with Jesus. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.
15 We are telling you what the Lord taught. We who are still alive when the Lord comes will not go [into his kingdom] ahead of those who have already died. 15 According to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16 The Lord will come from heaven with a command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet [call] of God. First, the dead who believed in Christ will come back to life. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive will be taken in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. In this way we will always be with the Lord. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
18 So then, comfort each other with these words! 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.