The Sudden Arrival of the Day of the Lord
1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need of anything to be written to you, 2for you yourselves well know that the day of the Lord is coming in the same way as a thief in the night. 3Whenever they say “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction will overtake them like the birth pains of a pregnant woman#Literally “one who has in the belly”, and they will not possibly escape. 4But you, brothers, are not in the darkness, so that the day should catch you like a thief, 5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6So then, we must not sleep like the rest, but must be on the alert and be self-controlled. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But because#Here “because” is supplied as a component of the participle (“are”) which is understood as causal we are of the day, we must be sober, by#Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“putting on”) which is understood as means putting on the breastplate of faith and love and as a helmet the hope of salvation, 9because God did not appoint us for wrath, but for the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live at the same time with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build up each other#Literally “one the one,” i.e., “one the other”, just as indeed you are doing.
Final Exhortations and Benediction
12Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and rule over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them beyond all measure in love, because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, console the discouraged, help the sick, be patient toward all people. 15See to it that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue good toward#Some manuscripts have “both toward” one another and toward all people.
16Rejoice always, 17pray constantly, 18give thanks in everything; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but examine all things; hold fast to what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil. 23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete, blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, who also will do this.
25Brothers, pray for us.#Some manuscripts have “pray for us also” 26Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27I adjure you by the Lord, have this letter read aloud to all the brothers. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.