1 Thessalonians 4:5–17

Not in othe lust of oconcupiscence, even pas the Gentiles qwhich know not God: That no man go beyond and ||defraud rhis brother ||in any matter: because that the Lord sis the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and ttestified. For God uhath not called us unto wuncleanness, but xunto iholiness. yHe therefore that ||despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, zwho hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

But as touching abrotherly love bye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves bbare taught of God cto love one another. 10 And indeed dye do it toward all the brethren which are in all eMacedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye fincrease more and more; 11 And that ye gstudy hto be quiet, and ito do kyour own business, and lto work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 mThat ye may walk mnhonestly toward othem that are without, and that ye may have lack ||of nothing.

13 But pI would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning qthem which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, reven as others swhich have no hope. 14 For tif we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so quthem also which sleep in Jesus wwill God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you xby the word of the Lord, that ywe which are alive and remain unto zthe coming of the Lord shall not aprevent qthem which are asleep. 16 For bthe Lord himself shall descend cfrom heaven with a shout, with the voice of dthe archangel, and with ethe trump of God: and fthe dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then gwe which are alive and remain shall be hcaught up together with them iin the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so kshall we ever be with the Lord.

Read more