1Brothers and sisters, we don't have to write to you about times and dates.2You know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.3People will be saying that everything is peaceful and safe. Then suddenly they will be destroyed. It will happen like birth pains coming on a pregnant woman. None of the people will escape.4Brothers and sisters, you are not in darkness. So that day should not surprise you as a thief would.5All of you are children of the light. You are children of the day. We don't belong to the night. We don't belong to the darkness.6So let us not be like the others. They are asleep. Instead, let us be wide awake and in full control of ourselves.7Those who sleep, sleep at night. Those who get drunk, get drunk at night.8But we belong to the day. So let us control ourselves. Let us put the armor of faith and love on our chest. Let us put on the hope of salvation like a helmet.9God didn't choose us to receive his anger. He chose us to receive salvation because of what our Lord Jesus Christ has done.10Jesus died for us. Some will be alive when he comes. Others will be dead. Either way, we will live together with him.11So cheer each other up with the hope you have. Build each other up. In fact, that's what you are doing.
12Brothers and sisters, we ask you to have respect for the godly leaders who work hard among you. They have authority over you. They correct you.13Have a lot of respect for them. Love them because of what they do. Live in peace with each other.14Brothers and sisters, we are asking you to warn those who don't want to work. Cheer up those who are shy. Help those who are weak. Put up with everyone.15Make sure that nobody pays back one wrong act with another. Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.16Always be joyful.17Never stop praying.18Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank him because you believe in Christ Jesus.19Don't put out the Holy Spirit's fire.20Don't treat prophecies as if they amount to nothing.21Put everything to the test. Hold on to what is good.22Stay away from every kind of evil.23God is the God who gives peace. May he make you holy through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept free from blame. May you be without blame from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes.24The One who has chosen you is faithful. He will do all these things.25Brothers and sisters, pray for us.26Greet all the believers with a holy kiss.27While the Lord is watching, here is what I command you. Have this letter read to all the believers.28May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1 Thessalonians 5
English Standard Version
The Day of the Lord
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. (Da 2:21; Ac 1:7; 1Th 4:9)2For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (Mt 24:43; Lu 17:24; 2Th 2:2)3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (Ps 35:8; Isa 13:8; Lu 17:26; Lu 21:34; 2Th 1:9)4But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. (1Jo 2:8)5For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. (Lu 16:8)6So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. (Mt 24:42; Mr 13:36; Ro 13:11; 1Pe 1:13)7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. (Ac 2:15; 2Pe 2:13)8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. (Isa 59:17; Eph 6:14; Eph 6:17; Eph 6:23)9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, (1Th 1:10; 2Th 2:13; Heb 10:39)10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. (Ro 14:9; 2Ti 2:11)11Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.