1Finally, brothers, we request YOU and exhort YOU by the Lord Jesus, just as YOU received [the instruction] from us on how YOU ought to walk and please God, just as YOU are in fact walking, that YOU would keep on doing it more fully.2For YOU know the orders we gave YOU through the Lord Jesus.
3For this is what God wills, the sanctifying of YOU, that YOU abstain from fornication;4that each one of YOU should know how to get possession of his own vessel in sanctification and honor,5not in covetous sexual appetite such as also those nations have which do not know God;6that no one go to the point of harming and encroach upon the rights of his brother in this matter, because Jehovah is one who exacts punishment for all these things, just as we told YOU beforehand and also gave YOU a thorough witness.7For God called us, not with allowance for uncleanness, but in connection with sanctification.8So, then, the man that shows disregard is disregarding, not man, but God, who puts his holy spirit in YOU.
9However, with reference to brotherly love, YOU do not need us to be writing YOU, for YOU yourselves are taught by God to love one another;10and, in fact, YOU are doing it to all the brothers in all of Mac‧e‧do′ni‧a. But we exhort YOU, brothers, to go on doing it in fuller measure,11and to make it YOUR aim to live quietly and to mind YOUR own business and work with YOUR hands, just as we ordered YOU;12so that YOU may be walking decently as regards people outside and not be needing anything.
13Moreover, brothers, we do not want YOU to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping [in death]; that YOU may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope.14For if our faith is that Jesus died and rose again, so, too, those who have fallen asleep [in death] through Jesus God will bring with him.15For this is what we tell YOU by Jehovah’s word, that we the living who survive to the presence of the Lord shall in no way precede those who have fallen asleep [in death];16because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.17Afterward we the living who are surviving will, together with them, be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and thus we shall always be with [the] Lord.18Consequently keep comforting one another with these words.