King James Version1 Thessalonians4

1 Thessalonians

1 Fur­ther­more then we be­seech you, brethren, and ex­hort you by the Lord Je­sus, that as ye have re­ceived of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what com­mand­ments we gave you by the Lord Je­sus. 3 For this is the will of God, even your sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion, that ye should ab­stain from for­ni­ca­tion: 4 That ev­ery one of you should know how to pos­sess his ves­sel in sanc­ti­fi­ca­tion and hon­our; 5 Not in the lust of con­cu­pis­cence, even as the Gen­tiles which know not God: 6 That no man go be­yond and de­fraud his broth­er in any mat­ter: be­cause that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have fore­warned you and tes­ti­fied. 7 For God hath not called us unto un­clean­ness, but unto ho­li­ness. 8 He there­fore that de­spiseth, de­spiseth not man, but God, who hath also giv­en unto us his holy Spir­it. 9 But as touch­ing broth­er­ly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye your­selves are taught of God to love one an­oth­er. 10 And in­deed ye do it to­ward all the brethren which are in all Mace­do­nia: but we be­seech you, brethren, that ye in­crease more and more; 11 And that ye study to be qui­et, and to do your own busi­ness, and to work with your own hands, as we com­mand­ed you; 12 That ye may walk hon­est­ly to­ward them that are with­out, and that ye may have lack of noth­ing. 13 But I would not have you to be ig­no­rant, brethren, con­cern­ing them which are asleep, that ye sor­row not, even as oth­ers which have no hope. 14 For if we be­lieve that Je­sus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Je­sus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and re­main unto the com­ing of the Lord shall not pre­vent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord him­self shall de­scend from heav­en with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and re­main shall be caught up to­geth­er with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Where­fore com­fort one an­oth­er with these words.