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The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
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1[As to the] rest [or, Finally] then brothers [and sisters],
we ask and call on [or, plead with] you* in [the] Lord Jesus, just as you*
received from us how it is necessary [for] you* to be walking about [fig.,
conducting yourselves] and to be pleasing God, so that you* shall be abounding
[or, excelling] still more. 2For you* know what instructions we
gave you* through [or, by [the authority of]] the Lord Jesus.
3For this is the will of God,
your* sanctification: [for] you* yourselves to be abstaining from sexual sin
[or, fornication], 4[for]
each of you* to know how to be acquiring his own vessel [fig., wife; cp. 1Pet
sanctification and honor, 5not in lustful passion of desire, just as
also the Gentiles, the ones not knowing God, 6[so as] not to do wrong
and take advantage of his brother [fig., fellow believer] in this matter,
because the Lord [is the] avenger concerning all these [things], just as also we
forewarned you* and solemnly testified. 7For God did not call us to
impurity [or, immorality], but in sanctification. 8Therefore,
the one rejecting [this] [or, regarding [this] as nothing] does not reject a
person, but God, the One having also given His Holy Spirit to you*.
9Now concerning brotherly
love [fig., affection for fellow-believers], you* have no need of [my] writing
to you*, for you* yourselves are taught by God to be loving one another. 10For
indeed you* do practice it toward all the brothers [and sisters], the [ones] in
all Macedonia, but we call on [or, plead with] you*, brothers [and sisters], to
be increasing [even] more 11and to be ambitiously striving to be
living a quiet life and to be doing your* own [things] [fig., to be minding
your* own business] and to be working with your* own hands, just as we gave
strict orders to [or, commanded] you*, 12so that you* shall be
walking about [fig., conducting yourselves] properly toward the outsiders [fig.,
unbelievers] and have need of nothing.
13But we do not want you* to
continue being unaware, brothers [and sisters], concerning the ones having
fallen asleep [fig., who have died], so that you* shall not be sorrowing just as
also the rest, the ones not having hope [or, confident expectation]. 14For
since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also God will bring the ones
having fallen asleep through [fig., having died in] Jesus with Him.
15For this we say to you* by [the] word of [the] Lord, that we, the ones living, the ones being left to the Arrival of the Lord, by no means shall precede the ones having fallen asleep [fig., who have died]. 16Because the Lord Himself with a shout of command, with a voice of an archangel [or, a chief messenger [of the Lord]] and with [the] trumpet of God, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first, 17then we, the ones living, the ones being left, will be caught up together with them in [the] clouds to a meeting of the Lord in [the] air, and so we will always be with [the] Lord! 18Therefore, be comforting one another with these words.
Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of
the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted © 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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