1 Thessalonians 4
He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness,
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Fvrther more we beseche you brethren and exhorte you in the Lord Iesus, that ye increase more and more, euen as ye haue receiued of vs, howe ye oughte to walke and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 Ye remember what commaundementes we gaue you in oure Lorde Iesu Christ. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, euen that ye shoulde be holy, and that ye shoulde abstayne from fornicacion, 1 Thessalonians 4:4 that euerye one of you should know, howe to kepe his vessell in holynes and honoure, 1 Thessalonians 4:5 and not in the luste of concupiscence, as do the heathen, which know not God,
to live holily and justly,
1 Thessalonians 4:6 that no man go to far and defraude his brother in bargaining: because the Lorde is a reuenger of al suche thinges as we tolde you before tyme and testified. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God hath not called vs to vncleanes, but vnto holines. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therfore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, whiche hath sente his holye spirite amonge you.
to love one another,
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touchinge brotherly loue, ye nede not þt I write vnto you. For ye are taught of God to loue one another. 1 Thessalonians 4:10 Yea and that thing verelye ye do vnto all the brethren, which are thorowout all Macedonia. We beseche you brethren, that ye encrease more and more,
and quietly to follow their own business:
1 Thessalonians 4:11 and that ye studye to be quyete, and to medle with youre owne busines, and to worke wyth youre owne handes, as we commaunded you: 1 Thessalonians 4:12 that ye may behaue your selues honestly towardes them that are wythout, and that nothinge be lackinge vnto you.
and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 I woulde not brethren haue you ignoraunt concerninge them whiche are fallen a sleepe, that ye sorowe not as other do which haue no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For yf we beleue that Iesus Christe dyed and rose agayne euen so them also, whyche slepe by Iesus, wyl God brynge agayn 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 And thys saye we vnto you in the worde of the Lorde, that we whyche lyue and are remaynynge in the commynge of the Lorde, shal not come yerre they which slepe. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord hym selfe shall descende from heauen with a shoute, and the voice of the Archangell and trompe of God. And the deade in Christ shall arise fyrste: 1 Thessalonians 4:17 then shal we which lyue and remayne, be caught vp with them also in the cloudes, to meate the Lorde in the ayer. And so shall we euer be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Wherfore comforte youre selues one another with these wordes.