The First Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians
1 – But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not, that we should write to you;
2 – For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night.
3 – For when they shall say, peace and security; then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.
4 – But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
5 – For all you are the children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober.
7 – For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk, are drunk in the night.
8 – But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 – For God hath not appointed us unto wrath, but unto the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 – Who died for us; that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him.
11 – For which cause comfort one another; and edify one another, as you also do.
12 – And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you:
13 – That you esteem them more abundantly in charity, for their work’s sake. Have peace with them.
14 – And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.
15 – See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good towards each other, and towards all men.
16 – Always rejoice.
17 – Pray without ceasing.
18 – In all things give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all.
19 – Extinguish not the spirit.
20 – Despise not prophecies.
21 – But prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 – From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.
23 – And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things; that your whole spirit, and soul, and body, may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 – He is faithful who hath called you, who also will do it.
25 – Brethren, pray for us.
26 – Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 – I charge you by the Lord, that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren.
28 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
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