1 As to what remains therefore, my brethren, we intreat and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received instructions from us, how ye ought to walk and to please God, ye would abound therein more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you from the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification: that ye should abstain from fornication, 4 and that every one of you should possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust, like the heathens who know not God. 6 That no one over-reach, or wrong his brother in any thing: because the Lord is an avenger of all such crimes, as we also told you before, and testified to you. 7 For God hath not called us to impurity, but to holiness. 8 He therefore who rejecteth us, rejecteth not man, but God; who hath given us his holy Spirit.
9 But as to 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 to all the brethren, that are in all Macedonia; but we exhort you, brethren, to abound in it more and more: 11 and endeavour to be quiet, and mind your own affairs, and work with your own hands, 12 as we gave you in charge, that ye may walk decently toward those that are without, and may have need of no one's assistance.
13 But I would not have you ignorant, my brethren, concerning those that are fallen asleep, that ye may not be grieved like others who have no hope: 14 for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also those, that sleep in Jesus, will God bring with Him. 15 For this we tell you in the word of the Lord, that we who shall be living and remain to the coming of the Lord, shall not be before those that are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with acclamation, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; 17 then we who are living and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we for ever be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.