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1 ButThe day that God has appointed for this judgment we do not know. But this is sure, that it will come upon men when they are not expecting it.of the times and theSee (Act_1:7).seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For ye your selues knowe perfectly, that the day of the Lorde shall come, euen as a thiefe in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace, and safetie, then shall come vpon them sudden destruction, as the trauaile vpon a woman with childe, and they shall not escape,

4 Returning to exhortations, he warns us who are enlightened with the knowledge of God, that it is our duty not to live securely in pleasures, lest we be suddenly taken in a dead sleep in pleasures. But contrary to this we are to have an eye to the Lord, and not allow ourselves to be oppressed with the cares of this world, for pleasures are fitting for the darkness of the night, and having an eye to the Lord is fitting for the light.But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Yee are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, neither of darkenesse.

6 Therefore let vs not sleepe as do other, but let vs watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleepe, sleepe in the night, and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.

8 We must fight with faith and hope, and therefore we should certainly not lie snoring.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 He urges us forward by setting a most certain hope of victory before us.For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 The death of Christ is a pledge of our victory, for he died so that we might be partakers of his life of power, indeed even while we live here.Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 We must not only watch ourselves, but we are also bound to stir up, and to strengthen and encourage one another.Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 We must have consideration of those who are appointed to the ministry of the word, and the government of the church of God, and who do their duty.And we beseech you, brethren, toThat you acknowledge and take them for such as they are, that is to say, men worthy to be greatly esteemed of among you.know them which labour among you, and are over you in theIn those things which pertain to God's service: so is the ecclesiastical function distinguished from civil authority, and true shepherds from wolves.Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love forSo then, when this reason ceases, then must the honour cease.their work's sake.The maintenance of mutual harmony, is to be especially guarded.[And] be at peace among yourselves.

14 We must have consideration of every man, and the remedy must be applied according to the disease.Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that areThat keep not their rank or standing.unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].

15 Charity ought not to be overcome by any injuries.See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men].

16 A quiet and appeased mind is nourished with continual prayers, giving regard to the will of God.Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray continually.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is theAn acceptable thing to God, and such as he approves well of.will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 The sparks of the Spirit of God that are kindled in us, are nourished by daily hearing the word of God: but true doctrine must be diligently distinguished from false.Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise notThe explaining and interpreting of the word of God.prophesyings.

21 Try all things, & keepe that which is good.

22 A general conclusion, that we waiting for the coming of Christ, do give ourselves to pureness in mind, will, and body, through the grace and strength of the Spirit of God.Abstain from allWhatever has but the very show of evil, abstain from it.appearance of evil.

23 And the very God of peaceSeparate you from the world, and make you holy to himself through his Spirit, in Christ, in whom alone you will attain to that true 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 The good will and power of God is a sure strengthening and encouragement against all difficulties, of which we have a sure witness in our calling.Always one, and ever like himself, who indeed performs whatever he promises. And an effectual calling is nothing else but a right declaring and true setting forth of God's will: and therefore the salvation of the elect, is safe and sure.Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also willWho will also make you [it].

25 The last part of the epistle, in which with most authoritative charge he commends both himself and this epistle to them.Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greete all the brethren with an holy kisse.

27 I charge you in the Lorde, that this Epistle be read vnto all the brethren the Saintes.

28 The grace of our Lord Iesus Christ be with you, Amen. The first Epistle vnto the Thessalonians written from Athens.

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