(A)Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to (B)light the hidden things of darkness and (C)reveal the [a]counsels of the hearts. (D)Then each one’s praise will come from God.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 4:5 motives

24 Then comes the end, when He delivers (A)the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign (B)till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 (C)The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. 27 For (D)“He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. 28 (E)Now when all things are made subject to Him, then (F)the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.

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A Glorious Body

35 But someone will say, (A)“How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” 36 Foolish one, (B)what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind [a]of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.

40 There are also [b]celestial bodies and [c]terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.

42 (C)So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 (D)It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, (E)“The first man Adam became a living being.” (F)The last Adam became (G)a life-giving spirit.

46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 (H)The first man was of the earth, (I)made[d] of dust; the second Man is [e]the Lord (J)from heaven. 48 As was the [f]man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; (K)and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And (L)as we have borne the image of the man of dust, (M)we[g] shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

Our Final Victory

50 Now this I say, brethren, that (N)flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a [h]mystery: (O)We shall not all sleep, (P)but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (Q)For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and (R)this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: (S)“Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O(T)[i] Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and (U)the strength of sin is the law. 57 (V)But thanks be to God, who gives us (W)the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 (X)Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing (Y)that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

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  1. 1 Corinthians 15:39 NU, M omit of flesh
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:40 heavenly
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:40 earthly
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:47 earthy
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:47 NU omits the Lord
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:48 earthy
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:49 M let us also bear
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:51 hidden truth
  9. 1 Corinthians 15:55 NU O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?

10 (A)For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, (B)that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

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20 For (A)our citizenship is in heaven, (B)from which we also (C)eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 (D)who will transform our lowly body that it may be (E)conformed to His glorious body, (F)according to the working by which He is able even to (G)subdue all things to Himself.

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because of the hope (A)which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,

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(A)When Christ who is (B)our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in (C)glory.

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14 For (A)if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him (B)those who [a]sleep in Jesus.

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

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 Or through Jesus sleep
  2. 1 Thessalonians 4:15 Dead

The Day of the Lord

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

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

Various Exhortations

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

14 Now we [e]exhort you, brethren, (Q)warn those who are [f]unruly, (R)comfort the fainthearted, (S)uphold the weak, (T)be patient with all. 15 (U)See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always (V)pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all.

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

19 (Y)Do not quench the Spirit. 20 (Z)Do not despise prophecies. 21 (AA)Test all things; (AB)hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Blessing and Admonition

23 Now may (AC)the God of peace Himself (AD)sanctify[g] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body (AE)be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is (AF)faithful, who also will (AG)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 [h]epistle be read to all the [i]holy brethren.

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

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 self-controlled
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Or encourage
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 build one another up
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 instruct or warn
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 encourage
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 insubordinate or idle
  7. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 set you apart
  8. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 letter
  9. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 NU omits holy

and to give you who are troubled (A)rest with us when (B)the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. (C)These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and (D)from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes, in that Day, (E)to be (F)glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who [a]believe, because our testimony among you was believed.

11 Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would (G)count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and (H)the work of faith with power, 12 (I)that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:10 NU, M have believed

(A)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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14 that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing,

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Preach the Word

I (A)charge you [a]therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, (B)who will judge the living and the dead [b]at His appearing and His kingdom:

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  1. 2 Timothy 4:1 NU omits therefore
  2. 2 Timothy 4:1 NU and by

Finally, there is laid up for me (A)the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous (B)Judge, will give to me (C)on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

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13 (A)looking for the blessed (B)hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

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27 (A)And as it is appointed for men to die once, (B)but after this the judgment, 28 so (C)Christ was (D)offered once to bear the sins (E)of many. To those who (F)eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

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You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord [a]is at hand.

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  1. James 5:8 has drawn near

But (A)the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for (B)fire until the day of judgment and [a]perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and (C)a thousand years as one day. (D)The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but (E)is longsuffering toward [b]us, (F)not willing that any should perish but (G)that all should come to repentance.

The Day of the Lord

10 But (H)the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which (I)the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be [c]burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be (J)in holy conduct and godliness, 12 (K)looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will (L)be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will (M)melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for (N)new heavens and a (O)new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Be Steadfast

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent (P)to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that (Q)the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his (R)epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the (S)rest of the Scriptures.

17 You therefore, beloved, (T)since you know this beforehand, (U)beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 (V)but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

(W)To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

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  1. 2 Peter 3:7 destruction
  2. 2 Peter 3:9 NU you
  3. 2 Peter 3:10 NU laid bare, lit. found

The Children of God

28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that [a]when He appears, we may have (A)confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

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  1. 1 John 2:28 NU if

Beloved, (A)now we are children of God; and (B)it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, (C)we shall be like Him, for (D)we shall see Him as He is.

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