The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians

Chapter 5

The Saints will know the season of the Second Coming of Christ—Live the way Saints should live—Rejoice evermore—Do not despise prophesyings.

 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

 For yourselves know perfectly that the aday of the Lord so cometh as a bthief in the night.

 For when they shall say, Peace and asafety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not bescape.

 But ye, brethren, are not in adarkness, that that bday should overtake you as a thief.

 Ye are all the achildren of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

 Therefore let us not asleep, as do others; but let us bwatch and be csober.

 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

 But let us, who are of the day, be asober, putting on the bbreastplate of cfaith and love; and for an helmet, the dhope of salvation.

 For God hath not appointed us to awrath, but to obtain bsalvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should alive together with him.

 11 Wherefore acomfort yourselves together, and bedify one another, even as also ye do.

 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which alabour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

 13 And to aesteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at bpeace among yourselves.

 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, awarn them that are bunruly, ccomfort the dfeebleminded, esupport the fweak, be patient toward all men.

 15 See that none arender bevil for evil unto any cman; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

 16 aRejoice evermore.

 17 aPray without ceasing.

 18 In every thing give athanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

 19 aQuench not the bSpirit.

 20 Despise not prophesyings.

 21 aProve all things; hold fast that which is good.

 22 aAbstain from all bappearance of cevil.

 23 And the very God of peace asanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

 25 Brethren, pray for us.

 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy akiss.

 27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

¶The first epistle unto the Thessalonians was written from Athens.*