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The New King James Version

1 Thessalonians 4:13–5:11

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The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, 2 lest you sorrow tas others uwho have no hope. 14 For vif we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him wthose who 3sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you xby the word of the Lord, that ywe who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are 4asleep. 16 For zthe Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with athe trumpet of God. bAnd the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 cThen we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them din the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus ewe shall always be with the Lord. 18 fTherefore comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

5 But concerning athe times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that bthe day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then csudden destruction comes upon them, das labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. eBut you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all fsons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. gTherefore let us not sleep, as others do, but hlet us watch and be 1sober. For ithose who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk jare drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, kputting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For lGod did not appoint us to wrath, mbut to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 nwho died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore 2comfort each other and 3edify one another, just as you also are doing.

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