1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (Today's New International Version)

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Believers Who Have Died

13 Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed1 about those who sleep in death,2 so that you do not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.3 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again,4 and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.5 15 According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord,6 will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.7 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,8 with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel9 and with the trumpet call of God,10 and the dead in Christ will rise first.11 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left12 will be caught up together with them in the clouds13 to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord14 forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another15 with these words.
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