16 For the Lord (A)Himself (B)will descend from heaven with a [a](C)shout, with the voice of (D)the archangel and with the (E)trumpet of God, and (F)the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then (G)we who are alive, who remain, will be (H)caught up together with them (I)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always (J)be with the Lord. 18 Therefore, [b]comfort one another with these words.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or cry of command
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Or encourage