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1 Thessalonians 4:11-18 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 to seek to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business,[a] and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 so that you may walk properly[b] in the presence of outsiders[c] and not be dependent on anyone.[d]

The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through[e] Jesus. 15 For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord:[f] We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over[g] those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout,[h] with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage[i] one another with these words.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 Lit to practice one’s own things
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Or may live respectably
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Non-Christians
  4. 1 Thessalonians 4:12 Or not need anything, or not be in need
  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Or in
  6. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Or a word of the Lord
  7. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Or certainly not precede
  8. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Or command
  9. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Or comfort

1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Exhortations and Blessings

12 Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible,[a] comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

16 Rejoice always!
17 Pray constantly.
18 Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Don’t stifle the Spirit.
20 Don’t despise prophecies,
21 but test all things.
Hold on to what is good.
22 Stay away from every kind of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or who are disorderly, or who are undisciplined

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