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1st Thess. Chapter 4

1st Thess.4:1 Furthermore then we implore you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have received of us how you ought to walk and to please God, so you would abound more and more.

1st Thess.4:2 For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

1st Thess.4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:

1st Thess.4:4 that each one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor;

1st Thess.4:5 Not in the lust of sexual desire, just as the nations whom know not God:

1st Thess.4:6 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.

1st Thess.4:7 For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

1st Thess.4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also given to us His Holy Spirit.

1st Thess.4:9 But as concerning brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

1st Thess.4:10 And indeed you do it toward all the brothers whom are in all Macedonia: but we urge you, brothers, that you increase more and more;

1st Thess.4:11 that you aspire to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

1st Thess.4:12 that you may walk honestly toward them that are outside, and that you may have lack of nothing.

1st Thess.4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which slept, that you sorrow not, just as others which have no hope.

1st Thess.4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them which slept in Jesus, God brought with Him.

1st Thess.4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and are surviving unto the Presence of the Lord did not at all prevent them that slept.

1st Thess.4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with a trump of God: and the dead in Christ will rise first:

1st Thess.4:17 after that, we the living and surviving, will be caught up together with Him in the cloud, to meet the Lord in the air, so we will be perpetually with the Lord.

1st Thess.4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.