1 Thessalonians 4
He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness,
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore, we beseche you (brethren) and exhorte you by þe Lord Iesus, þt ye increace more & more euen as ye haue receaued of vs, how ye ought to walcke and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 For ye knowe, what commaundementes we gaue you by oure Lorde Iesu Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the wyll of God euen youre holynes, þt ye shuld abstayne from fornicacyon, 1 Thessalonians 4:4 & that euery one of you shuld knowe how to kepe his vessell in holynes and honoure, 1 Thessalonians 4:5 and not in the lust of concupiscence as do the hethen which know not God,
to live holily and justly,
1 Thessalonians 4:6 þt noman oppresse and defraude his brother in bargaynyng: because þt the Lord is the auenger of all soch thinges, as we tolde you before, and testifyed. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called vs vnto vnclennes but vnto holynes. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therfore þt despyseth, despyseth not man, but God, whych hath sent his holy sprete amonge you.
to love one another,
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touchynge brotherly loue, ye nede not, þt I wryte vnto you. For ye are taught of God, to loue one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 Yee and that thynge verely ye do vnto all þe brethren which are in all Macedonia. We beseche you brethren, that ye encreace more & more,
and quietly to follow their own business:
1 Thessalonians 4:11 and that ye studye to be quyet, & to medle with youre awne busynes, and to worke wyth youre awne handes, as we commaunded you: 1 Thessalonians 4:12 that ye maye behaue youre selues honestly towarde them that are wythout, and that nothynge be lackynge vnto you.
and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 I wolde not brethren that ye shulde be ignoraunt concernynge them whych are fallen aslepe, that ye sorowe not as other do, whych haue no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For yf we beleue, þt Iesus dyed, & rose agayne: euen so them also which slepe by Iesus, wyll God brynge agayne wt 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 thys saye we vnto you in þe worde of the Lorde, that we whych shall lyue, & shall remayne in the commynge of the Lorde, shall not come yer they whych slepe. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lorde hym selfe shall descende from heauen with a showte & the voyce of the Archangell and trompe of God. And the deed in Christe shall aryse fyrst: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 then we which shall lyue (euen we which shall remayne) shall be caught vp with them also in the cloudes, to mete the Lorde in the ayer. And so shall we euer be with the Lorde. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherfore, comforte your selues one another wt these wordes.