Vigilance. 1 f Mt 24, 36–45 . Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. 2 g 2 Pt 3, 10 . For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. 3When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 h Eph 5, 8–9 . But you, brothers, are not in darkness, for that day to overtake you like a thief. 5 *For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. 6 i Mt 24, 42; Rom 13, 12–13; 1 Pt 5, 8 . Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. 7 Those who sleep go to sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. 8 j Is 59, 17; Rom 13, 11–14; Eph 6, 11.14–17 . But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation. 9For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 * who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. 11 k Rom 15, 2; 1 Cor 8, 1; 14, 12.26; Eph 4, 29 . Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.
Church Order. 12We ask you, brothers, to respect those who are laboring among you and who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you, 13and to show esteem for them with special love on account of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
14We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with all. 15 l Prv 20, 22; Mt 5, 38–42; Rom 12, 17 . See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good [both] for each other and for all. 16Rejoice always. 17Pray without ceasing. 18 m Eph 5, 20 . In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 19 *Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophetic utterances. 21Test everything; retain what is good. 22Refrain from every kind of evil.
Concluding Prayer. 23 n 2 Thes 3, 16 . *May the God of peace himself make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it. 25Brothers, pray for us [too].
26 *Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. 27I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brothers. 28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.