1 But concerning a the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that b the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, "Peace and safety!" then c sudden destruction comes upon them, d as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 e But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all f sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. 6 g Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but h let us watch and be 1 sober. 7 For i those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk j are drunk at night. 8 But let us who are of the day be sober, k putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For l God did not appoint us to wrath, m but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 n who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. 11 Therefore 2 comfort each other and 3 edify one another, just as you also are doing.
12 And we urge you, brethren, o to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and 4 admonish you, 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. p Be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we 5 exhort you, brethren, q warn those who are 6 unruly, r comfort the fainthearted, s uphold the weak, t be patient with all. 15 u See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always v pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. 16 w Rejoice always, 17 x pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 y Do not quench the Spirit. 20 z Do not despise prophecies. 21 a Test all things; b hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
23 Now may c the God of peace Himself d sanctify 7 you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body e be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is f faithful, who also will g do it.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this 8 epistle be read to all the 9 holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.