The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians

Chapter 4

The Saints are told to be holy, sanctify themselves, and love one another—The Lord will come, and the dead will rise.

 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have areceived of us how ye ought to bwalk and to cplease God, so ye would dabound more and more.

 For ye know what commandments awe gave you by the Lord Jesus.

 For this is the will of God, even your asanctification, that ye should babstain from cfornication:

 That every one of you should know how to possess his avessel in bsanctification and honour;

 Not in the alust of concupiscence, even as the bGentiles which cknow not God:

 That no man ago beyond and defraud his brother in bany matter: because that the Lord is the cavenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

 For God hath not called us unto auncleanness, but unto holiness.

 He therefore that adespiseth, bdespiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his choly Spirit.

 But as touching abrotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are btaught of God to clove one another.

 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

 11 And that ye astudy to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to bwork with your own chands, as we commanded you;

 12 That ye may walk ahonestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye asorrow not, even as others which have no bhope.

 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, athat bwe which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not cprevent them which are asleep.

 16 For the Lord himself shall adescend from heaven with ba shout, with the voice of the carchangel, and with the dtrump of God: and the dead in Christ shall erise first:

 17 aThen we which are alive and remain shall be bcaught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the cLord in the dair: and so shall we eever be with the fLord.

 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.