1 Thessalonians 4
He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness,
1 Thessalonians 4:1 For the rest, brethren, we request and exhort you, in our Lord Jesus, [that], even as ye received from us, how ye must needs walk and please God,even as ye also do walk, that ye would abound still more. 1 Thessalonians 4:2 For ye know what charges we gave you, through the Lord Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For, this, is a thing willed of God, your sanctification,that ye should abstain from unchastity, 1 Thessalonians 4:4 That ye should know, each one of you, how, of his own vessel, to possess himself in sanctification and honour: 1 Thessalonians 4:5 Not with a passion of coveting,just as even the nations who know not God,
to live holily and justly,
1 Thessalonians 4:6 Not over-reaching and defrauding, in the matter, his brother; because, an avenger, is the Lord, concerning all these things,even as we before told you, and solemnly called you to witness. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God did not call us, with a permission of impurity, but, in sanctification. 1 Thessalonians 4:8 Therefore, indeed, he that disregardethit is, not a man, he disregardeth, but God,Who giveth his Holy Spirit unto you.
to love one another,
1 Thessalonians 4:9 But, concerning brotherly loveno need, have ye, that we be writing unto you; for, ye yourselves, are, God-taught, to the loving of one another; 1 Thessalonians 4:10 And, in fact, ye are doing it unto all the brethren [who are] in the whole of Macedonia; but we exhort you, brethren, to abound still more,
and quietly to follow their own business:
1 Thessalonians 4:11 And to be ambitious to be quiet, and to be attending to your own affairs, and to be working with your hands,even as, unto you, we gave charge 1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye should walk reputably toward those without, and, of no one, have, need.
and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.
1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not wish you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them who are falling asleep,lest ye be sorrowing, even as the rest also, who are without hope; 1 Thessalonians 4:14 For, if we believe that, Jesus, died, and rose again, so, also will, God, bring forth with him, them who have fallen asleep through Jesus;
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, unto you, do we say, by a word of the Lord,that, we, the living who are left unto the Presence of the Lord, shall in nowise get before them who have fallen asleep; 1 Thessalonians 4:16 Because, the Lord himself, with a word of command, with a chief-messenger's voice, and with a trumpet of God, shall descend from heaven,and, the dead in Christ, shall rise, first, 1 Thessalonians 4:17 After that, we, the living who are left, together with them, shall be caught away, in clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:and, thus, evermore, with the Lord, shall we be! 1 Thessalonians 4:18 So then, be consoling one another with these words.