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1 Thessalonians 4 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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A Life Pleasing to God

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:1 - Finally, then, brothers,[fn] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:2 - For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:3 - For this is the will of God, your sanctification:[fn] that you abstain from sexual immorality;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:4 - that each one of you know how to control his own body[fn] in holiness and honor,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:5 - not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:6 - that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:7 - For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:8 - Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:9 - Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:10 - for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:11 - and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:12 - so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

The Coming of the Lord

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:13 - But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:14 - For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:15 - For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,[fn] that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:16 - For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:17 - Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 4:18 - Therefore encourage one another with these words.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verses 10, 13
Or your holiness
Or how to take a wife for himself; Greek how to possess his own vessel
Or by the word of the Lord

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