1 Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus a that you should abound more and more, b just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is c the will of God, d your sanctification: e that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 f that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 g not in passion of lust, h like the Gentiles i who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord j is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, k but in holiness. 8 l Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, m who 1 has also given us His Holy Spirit.
9 But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for n you yourselves are taught by God o to love one another; 10 and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, p that you increase more and more; 11 that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, q to mind your own business, and r to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12 s that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen 2 asleep, lest you sorrow t as others u who have no hope. 14 For v if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him w those who 3 sleep in Jesus. 4 15 For this we say to you x by the word of the Lord, that y we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are 5 asleep. 16 For z the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with a the trumpet of God. b And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 c Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them d in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus e we shall always be with the Lord. 18 f Therefore comfort one another with these words.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.