1About times and dates, brothers, there is no need to write to you
2for you are wel aware in any case that the Day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night.
3It is when people are saying, 'How quiet and peaceful it is' that sudden destruction fal s on them, assuddenly as labour pains come on a pregnant woman; and there is no escape.
4But you, brothers, do not live in the dark, that the Day should take you unawares like a thief.
5No, you are al children of light and children of the day: we do not belong to the night or to darkness,
6so we should not go on sleeping, as everyone else does, but stay wide awake and sober.
7Night is the time for sleepers to sleep and night the time for drunkards to be drunk,
8but we belong to the day and we should be sober; let us put on faith and love for a breastplate, and thehope of salvation for a helmet.
9God destined us not for his retribution, but to win salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10who died for us so that, awake or asleep, we should stil live united to him.
11So give encouragement to each other, and keep strengthening one another, as you do already.
12We appeal to you, my brothers, to be considerate to those who work so hard among you as yourleaders in the Lord and those who admonish you.
13Have the greatest respect and affection for them because of their work. Be at peace amongyourselves.
14We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are undisciplined, encourage the apprehensive,support the weak and be patient with everyone.
15Make sure that people do not try to repay evil for evil; always aim at what is best for each other and foreveryone.
16Always be joyful;
18and for al things give thanks; this is the wil of God for you in Christ Jesus.
19Do not stifle the Spirit
20or despise the gift of prophecy with contempt;
21test everything and hold on to what is good
22and shun every form of evil.
23May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may your spirit, life and body be keptblameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24He who has cal ed you is trustworthy and wil carry it out.
25Pray for us, my brothers.
26Greet al the brothers with a holy kiss.
27My orders, in the Lord's name, are that this letter is to be read to al the brothers.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.2Th 1:1 Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonica which is in God our Father and the LordJesus Christ
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