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The New King James Version

1 Thessalonians 4:1–12

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Plea for Purity

4 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus athat you should abound more and more, bjust as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.

For this is cthe will of God, dyour sanctification: ethat you should abstain from sexual immorality; fthat each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, gnot in passion of lust, hlike the Gentiles iwho do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord jis the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. For God did not call us to uncleanness, kbut in holiness. lTherefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, mwho 1has also given us His Holy Spirit.

A Brotherly and Orderly Life

But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for nyou yourselves are taught by God oto love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, pthat you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, qto mind your own business, and rto work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 sthat you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.

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