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1 Thessalonians 4

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

1 Thessalonians 4:1 And furthermore we beseeche you, brethren, and exhort you in the Lord Iesus, that ye increase more and more, as ye haue receiued of vs, how ye ought to walke, and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 For ye knowe what commaundements we gaue you by the Lord Iesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God euen your sanctification, and that ye should abstaine from fornication, 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That euery one of you should know, how to possesse his vessell in holines and honour, 1 Thessalonians 4:5 And 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 oppresse or defraude his brother in any matter: for the Lord is auenger of all such thinges, as we also haue tolde you before time, and testified. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called vs vnto vncleannesse, but vnto holinesse. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 Hee therefore that despiseth these thinges, despiseth not man, but God who hath euen giuen you his holy Spirit.

to love one another,

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly loue, ye neede not that I write vnto you: for ye are taught of God to loue one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 Yea, and that thing verily yee doe vnto all the brethren, which are throughout 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, & to meddle with your owne busines, and to worke with your owne handes, as we commaunded you, 1 Thessalonians 4:12 That yee may behaue your selues honestly towarde them that are without, and that nothing be lacking vnto you.

and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 I would not, brethren, haue you ignorant concerning them which are a sleepe, that ye sorow not euen as other which haue no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we beleeue that Iesus is dead, and is risen, euen so them 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 say we vnto you by the worde of the Lorde, that we which liue, and are remayning in the comming of the Lorde, shall not preuent them which sleepe. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lorde himselfe shall descende from heauen with a shoute, and with the voyce of the Archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 Then shall we which liue and remaine, be caught vp with them also in the clouds, to meete the Lord in the ayre: and so shall we euer be with the Lorde. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore, comfort your selues one another with these wordes.

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