American Standard Version

1 Thessalonians 5

He proceedeth in the former description of Christ's coming to judgment,

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that aught be written unto you. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:3 When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief: 1 Thessalonians 5:5 for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness; 1 Thessalonians 5:6 so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night. 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 5:10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:12 But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 1 Thessalonians 5:13 and to esteem them exceeding highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all. 1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all.

and giveth divers precepts,

1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always; 1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing; 1 Thessalonians 5:18 in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus to you-ward. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit; 1 Thessalonians 5:20 despise not prophesyings; 1 Thessalonians 5:21 prove all things; hold fast that which is good; 1 Thessalonians 5:22 abstain from every form of evil.

and so concludeth the epistle.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who will also do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:25 Brethren, pray for us. 1 Thessalonians 5:26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss. 1 Thessalonians 5:27 I adjure you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the brethren. 1 Thessalonians 5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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