1 Thessalonians 4
He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness,
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Iesus, that as yee haue receiued of vs, how ye ought to walke, and to please God, so yee would abound more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 For yee know what commandements wee gaue you, by the Lord Iesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, [euen] your sanctification, that yee should absteine from fornication: 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That euery one of you should know how to possesse his vessell in sanctification and honour: 1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, euen as the Gentiles which know not God:
to live holily and justly,
1 Thessalonians 4:6 That [no man] goe beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter, because that the Lord is the auenger of all such; as we also haue forewarned you, and testified: 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called vs vnto vncleannesse, but vnto holinesse. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also giuen vnto vs his holy Spirit.
to love one another,
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly loue, ye need not that I write vnto you: for yee your selues are taught of God to loue one an other. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 And in deed ye doe it towards all the brethren, which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more:
and quietly to follow their own business:
1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye studie to be quiet, and to doe your owne businesse, and to worke with your owne hands, (as wee commanded you:) 1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walke honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may haue lacke of nothing.
and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not haue you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleepe, that ye sorrow not, euen as others which haue no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we beleeue that Iesus died, and rose againe: euen so them also which sleepe in Iesus, will God bring with him.
And unto this last exhortation is annexed a brief description of the resurrection, and second coming of Christ to judgment.
1 Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say vnto you by the word of the Lord, That we which are aliue and remaine vnto the comming of the Lord, shall not preuent them which are asleepe. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himselfe shall descend from heauen with a shout, with the voyce of the Archangel, and with the trumpe of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are aliue, and remaine, shalbe caught vp together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the aire: and so shall wee euer bee with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore, comfort one an other with these words.