NASB — 1 Thessalonians 5 — KJV

The Day of the Lord

1 Now as to the atimes and the epochs, brethren, you bhave no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that athe day of the Lord Iwill come bjust like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “aPeace and safety!” then Ibdestruction IIwill come upon them suddenly like clabor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in adarkness, that the day would overtake you Iblike a thief; 5 for you are all asons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of bdarkness; 6 so then let us not asleep as Ibothers do, but let us be alert and IIcsober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get adrunk at night. 8 But since awe are of [the] day, let us bbe Isober, having put on the cbreastplate of dfaith and love, and as a ehelmet, the fhope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for awrath, but for bobtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 awho died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore Iencourage one another and abuild up one another, just as you also are doing.

[1] aAc 1:7 b1Th 4:9
[2] ILit is coming a1Co 1:8 bLk 21:34; 1Th 5:4; 2P 3:10; Rv 3:3; 16:15
[3] IOr sudden destruction IILit comes upon aJr 6:14; 8:11; Ezk 13:10 b2Th 1:9 cJn 16:21
[4] IOne early ms reads like thieves aAc 26:18; 1 Jn 2:8 bLk 21:34; 1Th 5:2; 2P 3:10; Rv 3:3; 16:15
[5] aLk 16:8 bAc 26:18; 1 Jn 2:8
[6] ILit the remaining ones IIOr self-controlled aRo 13:11; 1Th 5:10 bEp 2:3; 1Th 4:13 c1P 1:13
[7] aAc 2:15; 2P 2:13
[8] IOr self-controlled a1Th 5:5 b1P 1:13 cIs 59:17; Ep 6:14 dEp 6:23 eEp 6:17 fRo 8:24
[9] a1Th 1:10 b2Th 2:13f
[10] aRo 14:9
[11] IOr comfort aEp 4:29

Christian Conduct

12 ¶ But we request of you, brethren, that you Iaappreciate those bwho diligently labor among you, and chave charge over you in the Lord and give you IIinstruction, 13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. aLive in peace with one another. 14 We urge you, brethren, admonish athe Iunruly, encourage bthe fainthearted, help cthe weak, be dpatient with everyone. 15 See that ano one repays another with evil for evil, but always bseek after that which is good for one another and for all people. 16 aRejoice always; 17 apray without ceasing; 18 in everything agive thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 aDo not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise aprophetic Iutterances. 21 But aexamine everything [carefully]; bhold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every Iform of evil.

[12] ILit know IIOr admonition a1Co 16:18; 1Ti 5:17 bRo 16:6, 12; 1Co 15:10; 16:16 cHe 13:17
[13] aMk 9:50
[14] IOr undisciplined a2Th 3:6, 7, 11 bIs 35:4 cRo 14:1f; 1Co 8:7ff; Ro 15:1 d1Co 13:4
[15] aMt 5:44; Ro 12:17; 1P 3:9 bRo 12:9; Ga 6:10; 1Th 5:21
[16] aPhp 4:4
[17] aEp 6:18
[18] aEp 5:20
[19] aEp 4:30
[20] IOr gifts aAc 13:1; 1Co 14:31
[21] a1Co 14:29; 1 Jn 4:1 bRo 12:9; Ga 6:10; 1Th 5:15
[22] IOr appearance

23 ¶ Now amay the God of peace bHimself sanctify you entirely; and may your cspirit and soul and body be preserved complete, dwithout blame at ethe coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 aFaithful is He who bcalls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

[23] aRo 15:33 b1Th 3:11 cLk 1:46f; He 4:12 dJm 1:4; 2P 3:14 e1Th 2:19
[24] a1Co 1:9; 2Th 3:3 b1Th 2:12

25 ¶ Brethren, apray for usI.

[25] ITwo early mss add also aEp 6:19; 2Th 3:1; He 13:18

26aGreet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord to ahave this letter read to all the bbrethren.

[26] aRo 16:16
[27] aCol 4:16 bAc 1:15

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

[28] aRo 16:20; 2Th 3:18


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He proceedeth in the former description of Christ's coming to judgment,

1 ¶ But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men]. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

[1] Mt 24:3, 36; Mk 13:30; Ac 1:7; 2Co 9:1; 1Th 4:9; Jde 1:3.
[2] Jr 23:20; Mt 24:42; 25:13; Mk 13:34; Lk 12:39; 2P 3:10; Rv 3:3; 16:15.
[3] Ex 15:9; Dt 29:19; Jsh 8:20; Jg 18:27; 20:41; 2Ch 32:19; Ps 10:11; 48:6; 73:18; Pv 29:1; Is 21:3, 4; 30:13; 43:6; 56:12; Jr 4:31; 6:24; 13:21; 22:23; Dn 5:3; Ho 13:13; Mi 4:9; Na 1:10; Mt 23:33; 24:37; Lk 17:26, 27; 21:34; Ac 12:22; 13:41; 2Th 1:9; He 2:3; 12:23; 2P 2:4; Rv 18:7.
[4] Dt 19:6; 28:15, 45; Jr 42:16; Ho 10:9; Zc 1:6; Ro 13:11; Col 1:13; 1P 2:9; 1Jn 2:8.
[5] Lk 16:8; Jn 12:36; Ac 26:18; Ep 5:8.
[6] Pv 19:15; Is 56:10; Jna 1:6; Mt 13:25; 24:42; 25:5, 13; 26:38, 40; Mk 13:34, 37; 14:37, 38; Lk 12:37, 39; 21:36; 22:46; Ac 20:31; Ro 13:11; 1Co 15:34; 16:13; Ep 5:14; 6:18; Php 4:5; Col 4:2; 1Th 5:8; 1Ti 2:9, 15; 3:2, 11; 2Ti 4:5; Tit 2:6, 12; 1P 1:13; 4:7; 5:8; Rv 3:2; 16:15.
[7] 1S 25:36; Jb 4:13; 33:15; Pv 23:29; Is 21:4; Dn 5:4; Lk 21:34; Ac 2:15; Ro 13:13; 1Co 15:34; Ep 5:14; 2P 2:13.
[8] Jb 19:23; Ps 42:5, 11; 43:5; Is 59:17; Lm 3:26; Ro 5:2; 8:24; 13:12, 13; 1Co 13:13; 2Co 6:7; Ga 5:5; Ep 5:8; 6:11, 13; 1Th 5:5; 2Th 2:16; He 6:19; 10:35; 1P 1:3, 13; 2:9; 1Jn 1:7; 3:1.
[9] Ex 9:16; Pv 16:4; Ezk 38:10; Mt 26:24; Ac 1:20, 25; 13:48; Ro 9:11; 11:7, 30; 1Th 1:10; 3:3; 2Th 2:13; 1Ti 1:13, 16; 2Ti 2:10, 19; 1P 2:8, 10; 2P 1:1; 2:3; Jde 1:4.
[10] Mt 20:28; Jn 10:11, 15, 17; 15:13; Ro 5:6; 8:34; 14:8; 1Co 15:3; 2Co 5:15, 21; Ep 5:2; 1Th 4:13, 17; 1Ti 2:6; Tit 2:14; 1P 2:24; 3:18.
[11] Ro 14:19; 15:2, 14; 1Co 10:23; 14:5, 12, 29; 2Co 12:19; Ep 4:12, 16, 29; 1Th 4:10, 18; 1Ti 1:4; He 3:13; 10:25; 2P 1:12; Jde 1:20.
[12] Mt 9:37; Lk 10:1, 7; Jn 4:38; Ac 20:28, 35; 1Co 3:9; 12:28; 15:10; 16:16, 18; 2Co 5:9; 6:1; 11:23; Ga 4:11; Php 2:16, 19; Col 1:29; 1Th 2:9; 5:14; 1Ti 5:1, 17, 20; 2Ti 2:6; Tit 1:3, 5; 2:15; He 13:7, 17; 1P 5:2; Rv 1:20; 2:1, 3, 8, 12, 18; 3:1, 7, 14.
[13] Gn 45:24; Ps 133:1; Mt 10:40; Mk 9:50; Lk 7:3; Jn 13:34; 15:17; Ro 4:17; 1Co 4:1; 9:7; 2Co 13:11; Ga 4:14; 5:22; 6:6; Ep 4:3; Col 3:15; 2Th 3:16; 2Ti 2:22; He 12:14; Jm 3:18.
[14] Is 35:3; 40:1, 11; 63:9; Jr 6:12; Ezk 3:17; 33:3; 34:16; Mt 12:20; Lk 22:32; Jn 21:15; Ac 20:27, 31, 35; Ro 12:1; 14:1; 15:1; 1Co 4:14; 13:4; Ga 5:22; 6:1; Ep 4:2, 32; 5:1; Col 1:28; 3:12; 1Th 2:7; 5:12; 2Th 3:11; 1Ti 3:3; 6:11; 2Ti 2:24; 4:2; Tit 1:6, 10; He 5:2; 12:12; 13:3.
[15] Gn 45:24; Ex 23:4; Lv 19:18; Dt 16:20; 1S 24:13; Ps 7:4; 38:20; Pv 17:13; 20:22; 24:17, 29; 25:21; Mt 5:39, 44; Lk 6:35; Ro 12:17; 14:19; 1Co 6:7; 14:1; 16:10; Ga 6:10; Ep 5:15, 33; 1Th 2:12; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:24; Tit 3:2; He 12:14; 1P 1:22; 2:17, 22; 3:9, 11; 3Jn 1:11; Rv 19:10; 22:9.

and giveth divers precepts,

16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

[16] Mt 5:12; Lk 10:20; Ro 12:12; 2Co 6:10; Php 4:4.
[17] Lk 18:1; 21:36; Ro 12:12; Ep 6:18; Col 4:2; 1P 4:7.
[18] Jb 1:21; Ps 34:1; Ep 5:20; Php 4:6; Col 3:17; 1Th 4:3; He 13:15; 1P 2:15; 4:2; 1Jn 2:17.
[19] Gn 6:3; 1S 16:4; Ne 9:30; Ps 51:11; So 8:7; Is 63:10; Ac 7:51; 1Co 14:30; Ep 4:30; 6:16; 1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 1:6.
[20] Nu 11:25; 1S 10:5, 10; 19:20; Ac 19:6; 1Co 11:4; 12:10, 28; 13:2, 9; 14:1, 3, 22, 29, 37; Ep 4:11; 1Th 4:8; Rv 11:3.
[21] Dt 11:6; 32:46; Pv 3:1, 21; 4:13; 6:21; 23:23; So 3:4; Is 8:20; Mt 7:15; Mk 7:14; Lk 12:57; Jn 8:31; 15:4; Ac 11:23; 14:22; 17:11; Ro 12:2, 9; 1Co 2:11, 14; 14:28; 15:58; Ep 5:10; Php 1:10; 3:16; 4:8; 2Th 2:15; 2Ti 1:15; 3:6; 4:14; He 10:23; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 2:2, 25; 3:3, 11.
[22] Ex 23:7; Is 33:15; Mt 17:26; Ro 12:17; 1Co 8:13; 10:31; 2Co 6:3; 8:20; Php 4:8; 1Th 4:12; Jde 1:23.

and so concludeth the epistle.

23 And the very God of peace sanctify 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 kiss. 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] to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.]]]

[23] Lv 20:8, 26; Ezk 37:28; Jn 17:19; Ac 20:32; 26:18; Ro 15:5, 13, 33; 16:20; 1Co 1:2, 8; 14:33; 2Co 5:19; Ep 5:26; Php 1:6, 10; 2:15; 4:9; Col 1:22; 1Th 3:13; 4:3; 2Th 3:16; He 2:11; 4:12; 13:20; 1P 1:2; 5:10; Jde 1:1, 24.
[24] Nu 23:19; Dt 7:9; 2K 19:31; Ps 36:5; 40:10; 86:15; 89:2; 92:2; 100:5; 138:2; 146:6; Is 9:7; 14:24; 25:1; 37:32; Lm 3:23; Mi 7:20; Mt 24:35; Jn 1:17; 3:33; Ro 8:30; 9:24; 1Co 1:9; 10:13; Ga 1:15; 1Th 2:12; 2Th 2:14; 3:3; 2Ti 1:9; 2:13; Tit 1:2; He 6:17; 1P 5:10; 2P 1:3; Rv 17:14.
[25] Ro 15:30; 2Co 1:11; Ep 6:18; Php 1:19; Col 4:3; 2Th 3:1; Phm 1:22; He 13:18.
[26] Ro 16:16; 1Co 16:20.
[27] Nu 27:23; 1K 22:16; 2Ch 18:15; Mt 26:63; Mk 5:7; Ac 19:13; Col 4:16; 1Th 2:11; 2Th 3:14; 1Ti 1:3, 18; 5:7, 21; 6:13, 17; 2Ti 4:1; He 3:1.
[28] Ro 1:7; 16:20, 24; 2Th 3:18.


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