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1 Thessalonians 5

He proceedeth in the former description of Christ's coming to judgment,

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not, that we should write to you: 1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord shall so come as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say: Peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 For all you are the children of light and children of the day: we are not of the night nor of darkness. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do: but let us watch, and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk, are drunk in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breast plate of faith and charity and, for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us unto wrath: but unto the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us: that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 For which cause comfort one another and edify one another, as you also do. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you; 1 Thessalonians 5:13 That you esteem them more abundantly in charity, for their work's sake. Have peace with them. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet: comfort the feeble minded: support the weak: be patient towards all men. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man: but ever follow that which is good towards each other and towards all men.

and giveth divers precepts,

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Always rejoice. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Extinguish not the spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:20 Despise not prophecies. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 But prove all things: hold fast that which is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.

and so concludeth the epistle.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things: that your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 He is faithful who hath called you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us. 1 Thessalonians 5:26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. 1 Thessalonians 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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