1Thessalonians - Chapter 4 | King James Version (KJV)

  • 1. Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort {cf15I you} by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, {cf15I so} ye would abound more and more.
  • 2. For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
  • 3. For this is the will of God, {cf15I even} your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:
  • 4. That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;
  • 5. Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
  • 6. That no {cf15I man} go beyond and defraud his brother in {cf15I any} matter: because that the Lord {cf15I is} the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.
  • 7. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
  • 8. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
  • 9. But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
  • 10. And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;
  • 11. And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
  • 12. That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and {cf15I that} ye may have lack of nothing.
  • 13. But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
  • 14. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
  • 15. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive {cf15I and} remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
  • 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
  • 17. Then we which are alive {cf15I and} remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
  • 18. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.