The Day of the Lord
1About the times and the seasons:5:1 Dn 2:21; Ac 1:7 Brothers and sisters, you do not need anything to be written to you.
2For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord5:2 Jl 2:1; Mt 25:13; Ac 2:20; Php 1:6 will come just like a thief5:2 Jn 10:1 in the night.
3When they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction5:3 2Th 1:9 will come upon them, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the dark, for this day to surprise you like a thief.5:4 Jb 24:13–17
5For you are all children of light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.5:5 Col 1:13
6So then, let us not sleep, like the rest, but let us stay awake and be self-controlled.
7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.
8But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled5:8 1Pt 5:8 and put on the armor5:8 Eph 6:14; Rv 9:9,17 of faith and love, and a helmet5:8 1Sm 17:5,38; Ps 60:7; 108:8; Is 59:17; Eph 6:17 of the hope of salvation.
9For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord5:9 Rv 11:8 Jesus Christ,5:9 Ac 15:26
10who died for us,5:10 Jn 11:51; Rm 14:9; 1Co 8:11; Gl 1:4 so that whether we are awake or asleep,5:10 1Th 5:6 we may live together with him.5:10 Lk 20:38; Php 1:23
11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
Exhortations and Blessings
12Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to give recognition5:12 1Co 16:18; Php 2:29 to those who labor among you and lead you5:12 Or care for you in the Lord and admonish you,
13and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace5:13 Mk 9:50 among yourselves.
14And we exhort you, brothers and sisters:5:14 2Th 3:15 warn those who are idle,5:14 Or who are disorderly, or who are undisciplined comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient5:14 Mt 18:26,29; Lk 18:7; 1Co 13:4; Heb 6:15; Jms 5:7–8; 2Pt 3:9 with everyone.
15See to it that no one repays evil for evil5:15 Mt 5:44; Rm 12:17; 1Pt 3:9 to anyone,5:15 Lk 7:47 but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.5:15 Rm 12:9; Gl 6:10; 1Th 5:21
16Rejoice5:16 2Co 6:10; Php 1:18 always,
17pray constantly,
18give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will5:18 Eph 6:6; 1Th 4:3; 1Pt 2:15; 4:2; 1Jn 2:17 for you in Christ Jesus.
19Don’t stifle the Spirit.
20Don’t despise prophecies,
21but test all things.5:21 Eph 5:17 Hold on to what is good.
22Stay away5:22 1Tm 4:3 from every kind of evil.
23Now may the God of peace5:23 Rm 15:33 himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit,5:23 Ps 51:12 soul, and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming5:23 1Th 1:10 of our Lord5:23 Rv 11:8 Jesus Christ.5:23 1Jn 2:28
24He who calls5:24 Col 3:15 you5:24 1Pt 1:15 is faithful; he will do it.
25Brothers and sisters, pray for us also.
26Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss.
27I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brothers and sisters.5:27 Col 4:16
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.