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1 Thessalonians 4

He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness,

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore we besech you brethren, & exhorte you by the Lorde Iesus, that ye encrease more and more, as ye haue receaued of vs, how ye ought to walke and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 For ye knowe what commaundementes we gaue you by the Lorde Iesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the wyll of God, your holynesse, that ye should abstayne from fornication: 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That euery one of you should knowe how to possesse his vessell in holynesse and honour: 1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, euen as the gentiles, which knowe not God.

to live holily and justly,

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man oppresse and defraude his brother in [any] matter, because that the Lorde is the auenger of all suche: as we also haue forewarned you, and testified. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called vs vnto vncleanenesse, but into holynesse. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath geuen to you his holy spirite.

to love one another,

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touchyng brotherly loue, ye nede not that I write vnto you: For ye are taught of God to loue one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 Yea and that thyng veryly ye do vnto all ye brethren which [are] in al Macedonia: But we beseche you brethren, that ye encrease more and more:

and quietly to follow their own business:

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye studie to be quiet, and to do your owne [busynesse] and to worke with your owne handes as we commaunded you: 1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walke honestly toward them that are without, & that nothyng be lackyng in you.

and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I woulde not haue you to be ignoraunt brethren, concernyng them which sleepe, that ye sorowe not euen as other, which haue no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For yf we beleue that Iesus dyed and rose agayne: euen so them also whiche sleepe by Iesus, wyll God bryng with hym.

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 say we vnto you in the worde of the Lorde, that we whiche lyue, remayning vnto the comyng of the Lord, shall not preuent them which sleepe. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lorde hym selfe shal descende from heauen in a shoute, [and] in the voyce of the Archangell, and in the trumpe of God: And the dead in Christ shall aryse first. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Than we which lyue, which remaine, shalbe caught vp together with them in the cloudes, to meete the Lorde in the ayre: And so shall we euer be with the Lorde. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherfore comfort your selues one another in these wordes.

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