1 But, concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that aught be written to you; 2 for ye yourselves know accurately that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief at night. 3 When they are saying, "Peace and safety," then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in nowise escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief; 5 for ye are all sons of light, and sons of day; we are not of night, nor of darkness. 6 So, then, let us not sleep as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober. 7 For those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunken are drunken at night. 8 But let us, being of the day, be sober, having put on a breast-plate of faith and love; and, as a helmet, a hope of salvation; 9 because God did not appoint us to wrath, but to the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with Him. 11 Wherefore, exhort one another, and build up one another, as also ye do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be long-suffering toward all. 15 See that no one render to any one evil for evil; but always pursue that which is good, toward one another, and toward all.
16 Rejoice always: 17 pray without ceasing. 18 In everything give thanks; for this is God's will in Christ Jesus respecting you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings; 21 but prove all things, hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.
23 And the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved entire, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is He Who calleth you, Who also will do it. 25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brethren. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.