1 Thessalonians 4
4 1Finally then, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus,
that, as ye received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, even as ye
do walk, --that ye abound more and more.
2For ye know what charge we gave
you through the Lord Jesus.
3For this is the will of God, even
your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;
4that each one of
you know how to possess himself of his own vessel in sanctification and
5not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not
6that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in the matter:
because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you
7For God called us not for uncleanness, but in
8Therefore he that rejecteth, rejecteth not man, but God,
who giveth his Holy Spirit unto you.
9But concerning love of the brethren
ye have no need that one write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God
to love one another;
10for indeed ye do it toward all the brethren that
are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brethren, that ye abound more and
11and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and
to work with your hands, even as we charged you;
12that ye may walk
becomingly toward them that are without, and may have need of nothing.
13But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall
asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope.
we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen
asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15For this we say unto you by
the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming
of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep.
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of
the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
17then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them
be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever
be with the Lord.
18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.