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1 Thessalonians

The first epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians, chapter 5, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 5

New English Translation

   The Day of the LORD
   1 Now on the topic of times and seasons, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the LORD will come in the same way as a thief in the night. 3 Now when they are saying, "There is peace and security, " then sudden destruction comes on them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape. 4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the darkness for the day to overtake you like a thief would. 5 For you all are sons of the light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of the darkness. 6 So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation. 9 For God did not destine us for wrath but for gaining salvation through our LORD Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that whether we are alert or asleep we will come to life together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing.
   Final Instructions
   12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who labor among you and preside over you in the LORD and admonish you, 13 and to esteem them most highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all. 15 See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all. 16 Always rejoice, 17 constantly pray, 18 in everything give thanks. For this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not extinguish the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt. 21 But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. 22 Stay away from every form of evil.
   23 Now may the God of peace himself make you completely holy and may your spirit and soul and body be kept entirely blameless at the coming of our LORD Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is trustworthy, and he will in fact do this. 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us too. 26 Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 27 I call on you solemnly in the LORD to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters. 28 The grace of our LORD Jesus Christ be with you.

King James Version

   1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
   2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
   3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
   4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
   5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
   6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
   7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
   8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
   9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
   10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
   11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
   12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
   13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
   14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
   15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
   16 Rejoice evermore.
   17 Pray without ceasing.
   18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
   19 Quench not the Spirit.
   20 Despise not prophesyings.
   21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
   22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
   23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
   24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
   25 Brethren, pray for us.
   26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
   27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
   28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
   The first epistle unto the Thessalonians was written from Athens.

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