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1 Thessalonians 5 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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The Day of the Lord

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:1 - Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers,[fn] you have no need to have anything written to you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:2 - For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:3 - While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:4 - But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:5 - For you are all children[fn] of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:6 - So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:7 - For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:8 - But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:9 - For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:10 - who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Final Instructions and Benediction

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:12 - We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:13 - and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:14 - And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[fn] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:15 - See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:16 - Rejoice always,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:17 - pray without ceasing,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:18 - give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:19 - Do not quench the Spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:20 - Do not despise prophecies,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:21 - but test everything; hold fast what is good.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:22 - Abstain from every form of evil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:23 - Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:24 - He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:25 - Brothers, pray for us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:26 - Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:27 - I put you under oath before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:28 - The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verses 4, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27
Or sons; twice in this verse
Or disorderly, or undisciplined

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