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1 Thessalonians 5:1–28

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.

Various Exhortations

12 And we urge you, brethren, oto recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and 4admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. pBe at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we 5exhort you, brethren, qwarn those who are 6unruly, rcomfort the fainthearted, suphold the weak, tbe patient with all. 15 uSee that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always vpursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 wRejoice always, 17 xpray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 yDo not quench the Spirit. 20 zDo not despise prophecies. 21 aTest all things; bhold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Blessing and Admonition

23 Now may cthe God of peace Himself dsanctify 7you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body ebe preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is ffaithful, who also will gdo it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this 8epistle be read to all the 9holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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