1 Thessalonians 4:1-18

4  Finally, 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.+  For YOU know the orders+ we gave YOU through the Lord Jesus.  For this is what God wills, the sanctifying* of YOU,+ that YOU abstain from fornication;*+  that each one of YOU should know how to get possession of his own vessel+ in sanctification+ and honor,  not in covetous sexual appetite*+ such as also those nations+ have which do not know God;+  that 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.+  For God called us, not with allowance for uncleanness,* but in connection with sanctification.+  So, then, the man that shows disregard+ is disregarding, not man, but God,+ who puts his holy spirit+ in YOU.  However, 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;+ 10  and, in fact, YOU are doing it to all the brothers in all of Mac·e·doʹni·a. But we exhort YOU, brothers, to go on doing it in fuller measure, 11  and to make it YOUR aim to live quietly+ and to mind YOUR own business+ and work with YOUR hands,+ just as we ordered YOU; 12  so that YOU may be walking decently+ as regards people outside+ and not be needing anything.+ 13  Moreover, 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.+ 14  For 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.+ 15  For 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]; 16  because 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.+ 17  Afterward 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.*+ 18  Consequently keep comforting one another with these words.


Or, “the holding sacred (treating as holy).” Gr., ho ha·gi·a·smosʹ; Lat., sanc·ti·fi·caʹti·o.
See App 5A.
Lit., “not in passion of desire.”
See App 1D.
Or, “filthiness; depravity; lewdness.” Gr., a·ka·thar·siʹai, dative, sing.; J22(Heb.), letum·ʼahʹ, “for uncleanness.”
“God,” אABVg; J17, “Jehovah.”
See App 1D.
“The Lord,” אAVg; B, “Jesus.”
“The Lord,” אABVg; J7,​8,​13,​14, “Jehovah.”
Lit., “the (ones) being left around.” See App 5D.
Or, “at the same time.”
“The Lord,” אABVg; J7,​8, “Jehovah.”
“Lord,” אABVg; J7,​8,​13,​14,​24, “Jehovah.”