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1 Thessalonians 4 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Moreover, brethren, as you learnt from our lips the lives which you ought to live, and do live, so as to please God, we beg and exhort you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live them more and more truly. 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 For you know the commands which we laid upon you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is God's will--your purity of life, that you abstain from fornication; 3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;
4 that each man among you shall know how to procure a wife who shall be his own in purity and honour; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable,
5 that you be not overmastered by lustful cravings, like the Gentiles who have no knowledge of God; 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God;
6 and that in this matter there be no encroaching on the rights of a brother Christian and no overreaching him. For the Lord is an avenger in all such cases, as we have already taught you and solemnly 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 has not called us to an unclean life, but to one of purity. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
8 Therefore a defiant spirit in such a case provokes not man but God, who puts His Holy Spirit into your hearts. 8 Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.
9 But on the subject of love for the brotherhood it is unnecessary for me to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another; 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 indeed you do love all the brethren throughout Macedonia. And we exhort you to do so more and 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 and to vie with one another in eagerness for peace, every one minding his own business and working with his hands, as we ordered you to do: 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 so as to live worthy lives in relation to outsiders, and not be a burden to any one. 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
13 Now, concerning those who from time to time pass away, we would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, lest you should mourn as others do 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 For if we believe that Jesus has died and risen again, we also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who shall have passed away. 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 For this we declare to you on the Lord's own authority--that we who are alive and continue on earth until the Coming of the Lord, shall certainly not forestall those who shall have previously passed away. 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 For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven with a loud word of command, and with an archangel's voice and the trumpet of God, and the dead 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 Afterwards we who are alive and are still on earth will be caught up in their company amid clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 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 And so we shall be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage one another with these words. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.