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1 Thessalonians 4 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Brothers and sisters, we taught you how to live in a way that will please God, and you are living that way. Now we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live that way even more. 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 we told you to do by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 God wants you to be holy and to stay away from sexual sins. 3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 He wants each of you to learn to control your own bodyn in a way that is holy and honorable. 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 Don't use your body for sexual sin like the people who do not know God. 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
6 Also, do not wrong or cheat another Christian in this way. The Lord will punish people who do those things as we have already told you and warned you. 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 called us to be holy and does not want us to live in sin. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
8 So the person who refuses to obey this teaching is disobeying God, not simply a human teaching. And God is the One who gives us his Holy Spirit. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 We do not need to write you about having love for your Christian family, because God has already 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 And truly you do love the Christians in all of Macedonia. Brothers and sisters, now we encourage you to love them 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 Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Take care of your own business, and do your own work as we have already told 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 If you do, then people who are not believers will respect you, and you will not have to depend on others 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 want you to know about those Christians who have died so you will not be sad, as others 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 that he rose again. So, because of him, God will raise with Jesus those who have died. 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 What we tell you now is the Lord's own message. We who are living when the Lord comes again will not go before 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 himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And those who have died believing in Christ will rise first. 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 After that, we who are still alive will be gathered up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And we will be with the Lord forever. 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 encourage each other with these words. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.