NASB — 1 Thessalonians 4 — KJV

Sanctification and Love

1 aFinally then, bbrethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us [instruction] as to how you ought to Icwalk and dplease God (just as you actually do Iwalk), that you eexcel still more. 2 For you know what commandments we gave you Iby [the authority of] the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; [that is], that you aabstain from Isexual immorality; 4 that aeach of you know how to Ipossess his own IIbvessel in sanctification and chonor, 5 not in Ialustful passion, like the Gentiles who bdo not know God; 6 [and] that no man transgress and adefraud his brother bin the matter because cthe Lord is [the] avenger in all these things, just as we also dtold you before and solemnly warned [you]. 7 For aGod has not called us for bthe purpose of impurity, but Iin sanctification. 8 So, he who rejects [this] is not rejecting man but the God who agives His Holy Spirit to you.

[1] IOr conduct yourselves a2Co 13:11; 2Th 3:1 bGa 6:1; 1Th 5:12; 2Th 1:3; 2:1; 3:1, 13 cEp 4:1 d2Co 5:9 ePhp 1:9; 1Th 3:12; 4:10; 2Th 1:3
[2] ILit through the Lord
[3] IOr fornication a1Co 6:18
[4] IOr acquire III.e. body; or wife a1Co 7:2, 9 b2Co 4:7; 1P 3:7 cRo 1:24
[5] ILit passion of lust aRo 1:26 bGa 4:8
[6] a1Co 6:8 b2Co 7:11 cRo 12:19; 13:4; He 13:4 dLk 16:28; 1Th 2:11; He 2:6
[7] II.e. in the state or sphere of a1P 1:15 b1Th 2:3
[8] aRo 5:5; 2Co 1:22; Ga 4:6; 1 Jn 3:24

9 ¶ Now as to the alove of the brethren, you bhave no need for [anyone] to write to you, for you yourselves are ctaught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed ayou do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to bexcel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition ato lead a quiet life and battend to your own business and cwork with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will Iabehave properly toward boutsiders and IIcnot be in any need.

[9] aJn 13:34; Ro 12:10 b2Co 9:1; 1Th 5:1 cJr 31:33f; Jn 6:45; 1 Jn 2:27
[10] a1Th 1:7 b1Th 3:12
[11] a2Th 3:12 b1P 4:15 cAc 18:3; Ep 4:28; 2Th 3:10-12
[12] ILit walk IILit have need of nothing aRo 13:13; Col 4:5 bMk 4:11 cEp 4:28

Those Who Died in Christ

13 ¶ But awe do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who bare asleep, so that you will not grieve as do cthe rest who have dno hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, aeven so God will bring with Him bthose who have fallen asleep Iin Jesus. 15 For this we say to you aby the word of the Lord, that bwe who are alive Iand remain until cthe coming of the Lord, will not precede dthose who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord aHimself bwill descend from heaven with a Icshout, with the voice of d[the] archangel and with the etrumpet of God, and fthe dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then awe who are alive Iand remain will be bcaught up together with them cin the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always dbe with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

[13] aRo 1:13 bAc 7:60 cEp 2:3; 1Th 5:6 dEp 2:12
[14] ILit through aRo 14:9; 2Co 4:14 b1Co 15:18; 1Th 4:13
[15] ILit who a1K 13:17f; 20:35; 2Co 12:1; Ga 1:12 b1Co 15:52; 1Th 5:10 c1Th 2:19 d1Co 15:18; 1Th 4:13
[16] IOr cry of command a1Th 3:11 b1Th 1:10; 2Th 1:7 cJol 2:11 dJde 9 eMt 24:31 f1Co 15:23; 2Th 2:1; Rv 14:13
[17] ILit who a1Co 15:52; 1Th 5:10 b2Co 12:2 cDn 7:13; Ac 1:9; Rv 11:12 dJn 12:26


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He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness,

1 ¶ Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

[1] Jb 17:9; Ps 92:14; Pv 4:18; Jn 15:2; Ac 20:27; Ro 8:8; 12:1, 2; 1Co 11:23; 15:1, 58; 2Co 6:1; 10:1; Ep 4:1, 20; 5:17; Php 1:9, 27; 3:14; Col 1:10; 2:6; 1Th 2:11, 12; 4:2, 10, 11; 2Th 1:3; 2:1; 3:10; 1Ti 5:21; 6:13; 2Ti 4:1; Phm 1:9; He 11:6; 13:16, 22; 2P 1:5; 3:18; 1Jn 3:22.
[2] Ezk 3:17; Mt 28:20; 1Co 9:21; 2Th 3:6, 10.
[3] Ps 40:8; 143:10; Mt 7:21; 12:50; 15:19; Mk 3:35; Jn 4:34; 7:17; 17:17; Ac 15:20, 29; 20:32; 26:18; Ro 1:29; 6:22; 12:2; 1Co 1:30; 5:9; 6:9, 11, 13; 7:2; 2Co 12:21; Ga 5:19; Ep 5:3, 17, 26; 6:6; Col 1:9; 3:5; 4:12; 1Th 4:4; 5:18, 23; 2Th 2:13; Tit 2:14; He 10:36; 12:16; 13:4, 21; 1P 1:2; 4:2; 1Jn 2:17; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[4] 1S 21:5; Ac 9:15; Ro 6:19; 9:21; 12:1; 1Co 6:15, 18; Php 4:8; 2Ti 2:20; He 13:4; 1P 3:7.
[5] Mt 6:32; Lk 12:30; Ac 17:23, 30; Ro 1:24, 26, 28; 1Co 1:21; 15:34; Ga 4:8; Ep 2:12; 4:17; Col 3:5; 2Th 1:8; 1P 4:3.

to live holily and justly,

6 That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

[6] Ex 20:15, 17; Lv 19:11, 13; 25:14, 17; Dt 24:7; 25:13; 32:35; 1S 12:3; Jb 31:13; Ps 94:1; 140:12; Pv 11:1; 16:11; 20:14, 23; 22:22; 28:24; Ec 5:8; Is 1:23; 5:7; 59:4; Jr 7:6; 9:4; Ezk 22:13; 45:9; Am 8:5; Mi 2:2; Zp 3:1, 5; Mal 3:5; Mk 10:19; Lk 12:5; Ro 1:18; 12:19; 1Co 6:7; Ga 5:21; Ep 4:17, 28; 5:6; 2Th 1:8; Jm 2:6; 5:4.
[7] Lv 11:44; 19:2; Ro 1:7; 8:29; 1Co 1:2; Ga 5:19; Ep 1:4; 2:10; 4:1, 19; 1Th 2:3; 2Th 2:13; 2Ti 1:9; He 12:14; 1P 1:14; 2:9, 21; 2P 2:10.
[8] 1S 8:7; 10:19; Ne 9:30; Pv 1:7; 23:9; Is 49:7; 53:10; Lk 10:16; Jn 12:48; Ac 5:3; 13:41; 1Co 2:10; 7:40; 1P 1:12; 2P 1:21; 1Jn 3:24; Jde 1:8.

to love one another,

9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love 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;

[9] Lv 19:8; Ps 133:1; Is 51:13; Jr 31:34; Mt 22:39; Jn 6:44; 13:34; 14:26; 15:12, 17; Ac 4:32; Ro 12:10; Ep 5:1, 2; 1Th 5:1; He 8:10; 10:16; 13:1; 1P 3:8; 4:8; 2P 1:7; 1Jn 2:10, 20; 3:11, 14, 23; 4:7, 21; 5:1.
[10] 2Co 8:1, 8; Ep 1:15; Php 1:9; 3:13; Col 1:4; 1Th 1:7; 3:12; 4:1; 2Th 1:3; Phm 1:5; 2P 3:18.

and quietly to follow their own business:

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.

[11] Pv 17:1; Ec 4:6; Lm 3:26; Mk 13:34; Lk 12:42; Ac 20:35; Ro 12:4, 11; 15:20; 1Co 4:12; 2Co 5:9; Ep 4:28; Col 3:22; 2Th 3:7, 11, 12; 1Ti 2:2; 5:13; Tit 2:4; 3:14; 1P 3:4; 4:10, 15.
[12] Mk 4:11; Ro 12:17; 13:13; 1Co 5:12; 2Co 8:20; 11:7; Php 4:8; Col 4:5; 1Th 5:22; 1Ti 3:7; Tit 2:8; 1P 2:12; 3:1, 16.

and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead.

13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

[13] Gn 37:35; Lv 19:28; Dt 14:1; 2S 12:19; 18:33; 1K 1:21; 2:10; Jb 1:21; 19:25; Pv 14:32; Ezk 24:16; 37:11; Dn 12:2; Mt 27:52; Lk 8:52; Jn 11:11, 24; Ac 7:60; 8:2; 13:36; Ro 1:13; 1Co 10:1; 12:1; 15:6, 18, 19; 2Co 1:8; Ep 2:12; 1Th 4:15; 5:10; 2P 3:4, 8.
[14] Gn 49:19; Is 26:19; Zc 14:15; Mt 24:31; Ro 8:11; 1Co 15:12, 18, 23; 2Co 4:13; Php 3:20; 1Th 3:13; 4:13, 17; 2Th 2:1; Jde 1:14; Rv 1:18; 14:13.

And unto this last exhortation is annexed a brief description of the resurrection, and second coming of Christ to judgment.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For 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 first: 17 Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

[15] 1K 13:1, 9, 17, 22; 20:35; 22:14; Jb 41:11; Ps 88:13; 119:147; Mt 17:25; 1Co 15:51; 2Co 4:14; 1Th 4:13.
[16] Ex 19:16; 20:18; Nu 23:21; Ps 47:1, 5; Is 25:8; 27:13; Zc 4:7; 9:9, 14; Mt 16:27; 24:30; 25:31; 26:64; Ac 1:11; 1Co 15:23, 51, 52; 2Th 1:7; 2P 3:10; Jde 1:9; Rv 1:7, 10; 8:13; 20:5.
[17] 1K 18:12; 2K 2:11, 16; Ps 16:11; 17:15; 49:15; 73:24; Is 35:10; 60:19; Mt 26:64; Mk 14:62; Jn 12:26; 14:3; 17:24; Ac 1:9; 8:39; 1Co 15:52; 2Co 5:8; 12:2; Php 1:23; 1Th 4:15; 2P 3:13; Rv 1:7; 7:14; 11:12; 12:5; 21:3, 22; 22:3.
[18] Is 40:1; Lk 21:28; 1Th 5:11, 14; He 10:24; 12:12.


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