1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (Today's New International Version)

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The Day of the Lord

1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates1 we do not need to write to you,2 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord3 will come like a thief in the night.4 3 While people are saying, "Peace and safety,"5 destruction will come on them suddenly,6 as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.7 4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness8 so that this day should surprise you like a thief.9 5 You are all children of the light10 and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,11 but let us be awake12 and sober.13 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.14 8 But since we belong to the day,15 let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,16 and the hope of salvation17 as a helmet.18 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath19 but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.20 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.21 11 Therefore encourage one another22 and build each other up,23 just as in fact you are doing.
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