Therefore when we could bear it no longer, we were willing (A)to be left behind at Athens alone, and we (B)sent Timothy, (C)our brother and God's coworker[a] in the gospel of Christ, to establish and exhort you in your faith, that no one be moved by these afflictions. For you yourselves know that (D)we are destined for this. For when we were with you, we kept telling you beforehand that we were to suffer affliction, (E)just as it has come to pass, and just as you know. For this reason, (F)when I could bear it no longer, (G)I sent to learn about your faith, (H)for fear that somehow (I)the tempter had tempted you and (J)our labor would be in vain.

Timothy's Encouraging Report

But (K)now that Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of (L)your faith and love and reported (M)that you always remember us kindly and (N)long to see us, as we long to see you— for this reason, brothers,[b] in all our distress and affliction (O)we have been comforted about you through your faith. For now we live, if you (P)are standing fast in the Lord. For (Q)what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God, 10 as we pray most earnestly (R)night and day (S)that we may see you face to face and (T)supply what is lacking in your faith?

11 Now may (U)our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, (V)direct our way to you, 12 and may the Lord (W)make you increase and abound in love (X)for one another and for all, as we do for you, 13 so that he may (Y)establish your hearts blameless in holiness before (Z)our God and Father, at (AA)the coming of our Lord Jesus (AB)with all his saints.

A Life Pleasing to God

Finally, then, brothers,[c] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you (AC)received from us (AD)how you ought to walk and (AE)to please God, just as you are doing, that you (AF)do so more and more. For (AG)you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, (AH)your sanctification:[d] (AI)that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own (AJ)body[e] in holiness and (AK)honor, not in (AL)the passion of lust (AM)like the Gentiles (AN)who do not know God; that no one transgress and (AO)wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is (AP)an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. For (AQ)God has not called us for (AR)impurity, but in holiness. Therefore (AS)whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, (AT)who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

Now concerning (AU)brotherly love (AV)you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been (AW)taught by God (AX)to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what (AY)you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to (AZ)do this more and more, 11 and to aspire (BA)to live quietly, and (BB)to mind your own affairs, and (BC)to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may (BD)walk properly before (BE)outsiders and be dependent on no one.

The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, (BF)that you may not grieve as others do (BG)who have no hope. 14 For (BH)since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him (BI)those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you (BJ)by a word from the Lord,[f] that (BK)we who are alive, who are left until (BL)the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For (BM)the Lord himself will descend (BN)from heaven (BO)with a cry of command, with the voice of (BP)an archangel, and (BQ)with the sound of the trumpet of God. And (BR)the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be (BS)caught up together with them (BT)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so (BU)we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 3:2 Some manuscripts servant
  2. 1 Thessalonians 3:7 Or brothers and sisters
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 Or brothers and sisters; also verses 10, 13
  4. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 Or your holiness
  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 Or how to take a wife for himself; Greek how to possess his own vessel
  6. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Or by the word of the Lord

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