The Lord’s coming
1We don’t need to write to you about the timing and dates, brothers and sisters. 2You know very well that the day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the night. 3When they are saying, “There is peace and security,” at that time sudden destruction will attack them, like labor pains start with a pregnant woman, and they definitely won’t escape. 4But you aren’t in darkness, brothers and sisters, so the day won’t catch you by surprise like a thief. 5All of you are children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to night or darkness. 6So then, let’s not sleep like the others, but let’s stay awake and stay sober. 7People who sleep sleep at night, and people who get drunk get drunk at night. 8Since we belong to the day, let’s stay sober, wearing faithfulness and love as a piece of armor that protects our body#5.8 Or breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9God didn’t intend for us to suffer his wrath but rather to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10Jesus died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with him. 11So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.
Final instructions and blessing
12Brothers and sisters, we ask you to respect those who are working with you, leading you, and instructing you. 13Think of them highly with love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are disorderly. Comfort the discouraged. Help the weak. Be patient with everyone. 15Make sure no one repays a wrong with a wrong, but always pursue the good for each other and everyone else. 16Rejoice always. 17Pray continually. 18Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Don’t suppress the Spirit. 20Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, 21but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good. 22Avoid every kind of evil. 23Now, may the God of peace himself cause you to be completely dedicated to him; and may your spirit, soul, and body be kept intact and blameless at our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. 24The one who is calling you is faithful and will do this.
25Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 27By the Lord’s authority, I order all of you to have this letter read aloud to all the brothers and sisters. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.