1 But concerning the times and the seasons, breth ren, ye have no need that aught be written you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the Lord’s day cometh as a thief at night. 3 But when they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as the travail upon the one with child; and they shall in nowise escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as thieves, 5 for ye are all sons of light, and sons of day: we are not of night, nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep, as the rest, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For who sleep sleep at night; and who are drunken are drunken at night. 8 But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on a breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, salvation’s hope. 9 For :God appointed us not unto wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our :Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do.
12 But we ask you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 and to esteem them exceeding highly in love for their :work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be long-suffering toward all. 15 See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after what is good, one toward another, and toward all. 16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks: for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus toward you. 19 Quench not the Spirit; 20 despise not prophesyings; 21 but prove all things; hold fast what is good; 22 abstain from every form of evil. 23 And the God of :peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your :spirit and :soul and :body be preserved entire, without blame at the presence of our :Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful he that calleth you, who will also do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us also.
26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I adjure you by the Lord that the letter be read to all the brethren.
28 The grace of our :Lord Jesus Christ be with you.