THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
G. Its Watchfulness and Soberness
1. The Day of the Lord Coming like a Thief
1 But concerning the 1atimes and the seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be bwritten to you;
2 For you yourselves know perfectly well that 1like a athief in the bnight, so the 2cday of the Lord comes.
3 When they say, aPeace and security, then 1sudden bdestruction comes upon them, just as birth cpangs to a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape.
2. The Safeguard of Faith, Love, and Hope
4 But you, brothers, are not in adarkness that the day should overtake you like a thief;
5 For you are all sons of alight and sons of the bday. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6 So then let us not 1asleep, as the rest do, but let us 2bwatch and be csober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep during the anight, and those who get 1bdrunk are drunk during the night;
8 But since we are of the aday, let us be bsober, putting on the 1breastplate of cfaith and love and a 1dhelmet, the 2hope of 3salvation.
9 For God did 1not aappoint us to bwrath but to the obtaining of 2csalvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who 1adied for us in order that whether we 2watch or 3sleep, we may blive together 4with Him.
11 Therefore comfort aone another, and bbuild up each one the other, even as you also do.
H. Its Cooperation
1. The Believers' Cooperation --
Living a Spiritual and Holy Life
12 Furthermore we ask you, brothers, to 1aacknowledge 2those who labor among you and 3take the blead among you in the Lord and admonish you,
13 And to 1aregard them most highly in blove because of their work. Be 2at cpeace among yourselves.
14 And we aexhort you, brothers, Admonish the 1bdisorderly, console the 2cfainthearted, sustain the 3dweak, be 4elong-suffering toward all.
15 See that no one repays anyone aevil for evil, but 1always pursue what is bgood both for cone another and for all.
16 1Always arejoice,
17 1Unceasingly apray,
18 1In everything give athanks; 2for this is the bwill of God in Christ Jesus for you.
19 Do 1not quench the aSpirit;
20 Do not 1despise 2prophecies,
21 But 1prove all things. Hold fast to what is agood;
22 aAbstain from every 1kind of evil.
2. God's Operation --
Sanctifying and Preserving the Believers
23 1And the 2God of apeace Himself 3bsanctify you 4wholly, and may your 5cspirit and dsoul and ebody be fpreserved 6complete, gwithout blame, 7at the 8hcoming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 aFaithful is He who bcalls you, who 1also will cdo it.
25 Brothers, apray also for us.
26 Greet all the brothers with a holy akiss.
27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter aread to all the 1brothers.
28 The 1agrace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.