The Comfort of Christ’s Coming

13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen [a]asleep, lest you sorrow (A)as others (B)who have no hope. 14 For (C)if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him (D)those who [b]sleep in Jesus.

15 For this we say to you (E)by the word of the Lord, that (F)we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are [c]asleep. 16 For (G)the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with (H)the trumpet of God. (I)And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 (J)Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (K)in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus (L)we shall always be with the Lord. 18 (M)Therefore comfort one another with these words.

The Day of the Lord

But concerning (N)the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that (O)the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then (P)sudden destruction comes upon them, (Q)as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. (R)But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all (S)sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (T)Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but (U)let us watch and be [d]sober. For (V)those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk (W)are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, (X)putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For (Y)God did not appoint us to wrath, (Z)but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (AA)who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

11 Therefore [e]comfort each other and [f]edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Died
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Or through Jesus sleep
  3. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Dead
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 self-controlled
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or encourage
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 build one another up