1 ThessaloniansChapter 4

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1 For the rest, brethren, I ask and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as ye received of us :how ye ought to walk and to please God, even as ye do walk,—that ye abound more. 2 For ye know what charges we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of :God, your :sanctification; that ye abstain from :fornication; 4 that each of you know how to possess himself of his own :vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, even as the nations who know not :God; 6 that no one transgress, and wrong his :brother in the matter: because the Lord is avenger in all these, as also we †forewarned you and testified. 7 For :God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification. 8 Therefore who rejecteth, rejecteth not man, but :God, who giveth his :Holy :Spirit unto you. 9 But concerning brotherly :love ye have no need that one write you: for ye yourselves are taught of God :to love one another; 10 for indeed ye do it toward all the brethren :in all :Macedonia. But we exhort you, brethren, that ye abound more; 11 and that ye be ambitious to be quiet, and to do your :own business, and to work with your :hands, even as we charged you; 12 that ye may walk becomingly toward them without, and have need of nothing.
 
13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, even so them also that are fallen asleep will God :through Jesus bring with him. 15 For this we say to you by the Lord’s word, that we that are alive, that are left unto the presence of the Lord, shall in nowise precede them that are fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with an arch angel’s voice, and with God’s trump: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in clouds, to meet the Lord into the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these :words.

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