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1 Thessalonians 5 New Matthew Bible (NMB)

He speaks of the day of doom and coming of the Lord. He exhorts them to watch, and to have regard for those who preach God’s word among them.

Of the times and seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For you yourselves know well that the day of the Lord will come even as a thief in the night. When they say, Peace, and no danger – then comes on them sudden destruction, like the travailing of a woman with child, and they shall not escape.

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, such that that day should come on you as a thief. You are all the children of light, and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk, are drunk in the night. But let us who are of the day be sober, armed with the breastplate of faith and love, and with the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by the means of our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we wake or sleep, we will live together with him. 11 Therefore comfort yourselves together, and strengthen one another, even as you do.

12 We beseech you, brethren, to recognize those who labour among you, and have the oversight of you in the Lord and give you exhortation – 13 to have them the more in love for their work’s sake, and be at peace with them.

14 We desire you, brethren, to warn those who are unruly, comfort the faint-hearted, bear up the weak, and have continual patience toward all people. 15 See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and among all people.

16 Rejoice always. 17 Pray continually. 18 In all things give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophesying. 21 Examine all things, and keep that which is good. 22 Keep from every appearance of evil. 23 May the very God of peace sanctify you thoroughly. And I pray God that your whole spirit, soul, and body may be kept faultless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he who called you, who will also do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you in the Lord to read this epistle to all the holy brethren. 28 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.  Amen.

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1 Thessalonians 5 New International Version (NIV)

The Day of the Lord

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

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

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