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1 Thessalonians 5 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:1 - Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters,[fn] we don’t really need to write you.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:2 - For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:3 - When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:4 - But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:5 - For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:6 - So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:7 - Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:8 - But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:9 - For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:10 - Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:11 - So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Paul’s Final Advice
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:12 - Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:13 - Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:14 - Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:15 - See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:16 - Always be joyful.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:17 - Never stop praying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:18 - Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:19 - Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:20 - Do not scoff at prophecies,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:21 - but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:22 - Stay away from every kind of evil.
Paul’s Final Greetings
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:23 - Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:24 - God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:25 - Dear brothers and sisters, pray for us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:26 - Greet all the brothers and sisters with Christian love.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:27 - I command you in the name of the Lord to read this letter to all the brothers and sisters.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 5:28 - May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
NLT Footnotes
Greek brothers; also in 5:4, 12, 14, 25, 26, 27.
Some manuscripts read comes upon you as if you were thieves.
Greek with a holy kiss.

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