Those Who Died in Christ

13 But (A)we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who [a](B)are asleep, so that you will not grieve as indeed (C)the rest of mankind do, who have (D)no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead, (E)so also God will bring with Him (F)those who have fallen asleep [b]through Jesus. 15 For we say this to you (G)by the word of the Lord, that (H)we who are alive [c]and remain until (I)the coming of the Lord will not precede (J)those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord (K)Himself (L)will descend from heaven with a [d](M)shout, with the voice of (N)the archangel and with the (O)trumpet of God, and (P)the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then (Q)we who are alive, who remain, will be (R)caught up together with them (S)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always (T)be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, [e]comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

Now as to the (U)periods and [f]times, brothers and sisters, you (V)have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that (W)the day of the Lord is coming (X)just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “(Y)Peace and safety!” then (Z)sudden destruction [g]will come upon them like (AA)labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in (AB)darkness, so that the day would overtake you [h](AC)like a thief; for you are all (AD)sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of (AE)darkness; so then, let’s not (AF)sleep as [i](AG)others do, but let’s be alert and [j](AH)sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk, (AI)get drunk at night. But since (AJ)we are of the day, let’s (AK)be [k]sober, having put on the (AL)breastplate of (AM)faith and love, and as a (AN)helmet, the (AO)hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for (AP)wrath, but for (AQ)obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (AR)who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore, [l]encourage one another and (AS)build one another up, just as you also are doing.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 I.e., have died
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 I.e., as believers
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Lit who
  4. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or cry of command
  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Or encourage
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:1 I.e., the end times
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Lit is coming
  8. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 One early ms like thieves
  9. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Lit the rest (of mankind)
  10. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Or self-controlled
  11. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Or self-controlled
  12. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or comfort

and to give relief to you who are afflicted, along with us, [a](A)when the Lord Jesus will be revealed (B)from heaven (C)with [b]His mighty angels (D)in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who (E)do not know God, and to those who (F)do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These people will pay the penalty of (G)eternal destruction, (H)away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be (I)glorified among His [c]saints on that (J)day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—because our (K)testimony to you was believed.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Lit at the revelation of the Lord Jesus
  2. 2 Thessalonians 1:7 Lit the angels of His power
  3. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 Lit holy ones; i.e., God’s people