1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that
aught be written unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of
the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 When they are saying, Peace
and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman
with child; and they shall in no wise escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not
in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: 5 for ye are
all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of
darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and
be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that are
drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, since we are of the day,
be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the
hope of salvation. 9 For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the
obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us,
that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye
do. 12 But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you,
and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 and to esteem them
exceeding highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the
fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all. 15 See that
none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is
good, one toward another, and toward all. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray
without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus to you-ward. 19 Quench not the Spirit; 20 despise not
prophesyings; 21 prove all things; hold fast that which is good;
22 abstain from every form of evil. 23 And the God of peace himself
sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved
entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful
is he that calleth you, who will also do it. 25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the
Lord that this epistle be read unto all the brethren. 28 The grace of our
Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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