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. Chapter 5.

1 About dates and times, my friends, we need not write to you, 2 for you know perfectly well that the Day of the Lord comes like a thief in the night. 3 While they are talking of peace and security, all at once calamity is upon them, sudden as the pangs that come upon a woman with child; and there will be no escape. 4 But you, my friends, are not in the dark, that the day should overtake you like a thief. [Some witnesses read: thieves.] 5 You are all children of light, children of day. We do not belong to night or darkness, 6 and we must not sleep like the rest, but keep awake and sober. 7 Sleepers sleep at night, and drunkards are drunk at night, 8 [ Is.59.17, Wis.5.18. ] but we, who belong to daylight, must keep sober, armed with faith and love for coat of mail, and the hope of salvation for helmet. 9 For God has not destined us to the terrors of judgement, but to the full attainment of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that we, awake or asleep, might live in company with him. 11 Therefore hearten one another, fortify one another- as indeed you do.

Final Exhortations and Greetings

12 WE BEG YOU, BROTHERS, to acknowledge those who are working so hard among you, and in the Lord's fellowship are your leaders and counsellors. 13 Hold them in the highest possible esteem and affection for the work they do.

14 You must live at peace among yourselves. And we would urge you, brothers, to admonish the careless, encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, and to be very patient with them all.

15 See to it that no one pays back wrong for wrong, but always aim at doing the best you can for each other and for all men.

16 Be always joyful; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks whatever happens; for this is what God in Christ wills for you.

19 Do not stifle inspiration, 20 and do not despise prophetic utterances, 21 but bring them all to the test and then keep what is good in them 22 and avoid the bad of whatever kind. [Or: ... utterances. Put everything to the test; keep hold of what is good and avoid every kind of evil.]

23 May God himself, the God of peace, make you holy in every part, and keep you sound in spirit, soul, and body, without fault when our Lord Jesus Christ comes. 24 He who calls you is to be trusted; he will do it.

25 Brothers, pray for us also.

26 Greet all our brothers with the kiss of peace.

27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to the whole brotherhood.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you!

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