Passage: 1 Thessalonians 4 (RSV)

1 Thessalonians 4

1Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God, just as you are doing, you do so more and more.
2For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from unchastity;
4that each one of you know how to take a wife for himself in holiness and honor,
5not in the passion of lust like heathen who do not know God;
6that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we solemnly forewarned you.
7For God has not called us for uncleanness, but in holiness.
8Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.
9But concerning love of the brethren you have no need to have any one write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another;
10and indeed you do love all the brethren throughout Macedo'nia. But we exhort you, brethren, to do so more and more,
11to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you;
12so that you may command the respect of outsiders, and be dependent on nobody.
13But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.
14For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
15For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep.
16For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first;
17then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.
18Therefore comfort one another with these words.

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