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The Day of the Lord

Now concerning the (A)times and the seasons, brothers, you (B)have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that (C)the day of the Lord [a]will come (D)just like a thief in the night. While they are saying, “(E)Peace and safety!” then [b](F)destruction [c]will come upon them suddenly like (G)labor pains upon a woman who is pregnant, and they will never escape. But you, brothers, are not in (H)darkness, that the day would overtake you [d](I)like a thief, for you are all (J)sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of (K)darkness; so then let us not (L)sleep as [e](M)others do, but let us be awake and [f](N)sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get (O)drunk at night. But since (P)we are of the day, let us (Q)be [g]sober, having put on the (R)breastplate of (S)faith and love, and as a (T)helmet, the (U)hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us for (V)wrath, but for (W)obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (X)who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore, [h]comfort one another and (Y)build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Admonishment and Instruction

12 But we ask of you, brothers, that you (Z)know those (AA)who labor among you, and (AB)lead you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and that you regard them very highly in love because of their work. (AC)Live in peace with one another. 14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish (AD)the [i]unruly, encourage (AE)the fainthearted, help (AF)the weak, be (AG)patient with everyone. 15 See that (AH)no one repays another with evil for evil, but always (AI)seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 (AJ)Rejoice always; 17 (AK)pray without ceasing; 18 in everything (AL)give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 (AM)Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise (AN)prophecies, 21 but (AO)examine all things; (AP)hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every [j]form of evil.

23 Now (AQ)may the God of peace (AR)Himself sanctify you entirely, and may your (AS)spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, (AT)without blame at (AU)the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 (AV)Faithful is He who (AW)calls you, who also will do it.

25 Brothers, (AX)pray for us[k].

26 (AY)Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27 I implore you by the Lord to (AZ)have this letter read to all the (BA)brothers.

28 (BB)The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.


  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 Lit is coming
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Or sudden destruction
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Lit comes upon
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 One early ms like thieves
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Lit the remaining ones
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 Or self-controlled
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 Or self-controlled
  8. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or encourage
  9. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or undisciplined
  10. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Or appearance
  11. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Two early mss add also