Various Exhortations

12 And we urge you, brethren, (A)to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and [a]admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. (B)Be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we [b]exhort you, brethren, (C)warn those who are [c]unruly, (D)comfort the fainthearted, (E)uphold the weak, (F)be patient with all. 15 (G)See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always (H)pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

16 (I)Rejoice always, 17 (J)pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 (K)Do not quench the Spirit. 20 (L)Do not despise prophecies. 21 (M)Test all things; (N)hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Blessing and Admonition

23 Now may (O)the God of peace Himself (P)sanctify[d] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body (Q)be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is (R)faithful, who also will (S)do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this [e]epistle be read to all the [f]holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 instruct or warn
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 encourage
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 insubordinate or idle
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 set you apart
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 letter
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 NU omits holy