1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1 Now you do not need to have anything written to you about times and dates, brothers,
2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
2 for you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly well that the day of the [return of the] Lord is coming just as a thief [comes unexpectedly and suddenly] in the night.
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
3 When people say, "There is peace and security," destruction will strike them as suddenly as labor pains come to a pregnant woman, and they will not be able to escape.
3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety [all is well and secure!]” then [in a moment unforeseen] destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains on a woman with child, and they will absolutely not escape [for there will be no way to escape the judgment of the Lord].
4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
4 However, brothers, you are not in the darkness, in order that the Day of the Lord might surprise you like a thief.
5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
5 For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to darkness.
5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We do not belong to the night nor to darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
6 So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious.
6 Therefore, let's not fall asleep like others do, but let's stay awake and be sober.
6 So then let us not sleep [in spiritual indifference] as the rest [of the world does], but let us keep wide awake [alert and cautious] and let us be sober [self-controlled, calm, and wise].
7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
7 For people who go to sleep, go to sleep at night; and people who get drunk, get drunk at night.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
8 But since we belong to the day, let's be sober. We must put on the breastplate of faith and love, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
8 But since we [believers] belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope and confident assurance of salvation.
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
9 For God has not destined us to receive wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus, the Messiah,
9 For God has not destined us to [incur His] wrath [that is, He did not select us to condemn us], but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
10 who died for us in order that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
10 who died [willingly] for us, so that whether we are awake (alive) or asleep (dead) [at Christ’s appearing], we will live together with Him [sharing eternal life].
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.
11 So then, encourage one another and build each other up, as you are doing.
11 Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another, just as you are doing.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
12 Brothers, we ask you to show your appreciation for those who work among you, set an example for you in the Lord, and instruct you.
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to appreciate those who diligently work among you [recognize, acknowledge, and respect your leaders], who are in charge over you in the Lord and who give you instruction,
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
13 Hold them in the highest regard, loving them because of their work. Live in peace with each other.
13 and [we ask that you appreciate them and] hold them in the highest esteem in love because of their work [on your behalf]. Live in peace with one another.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
14 We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
15 Make sure that no one pays back evil for evil. Instead, always pursue what is good for each other and for everyone else.
15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek that which is good for one another and for all people.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
18 In everything be thankful, because this is God's will for you in the Messiah Jesus.
18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
23 May the God of peace himself make you holy in every way. And may your whole being spirit, soul, and body remain blameless when our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, appears.
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [that is, separate you from profane and vulgar things, make you pure and whole and undamaged—consecrated to Him—set apart for His purpose]; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept complete and [be found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will continue to be faithful.
24 Faithful and absolutely trustworthy is He who is calling you [to Himself for your salvation], and He will do it [He will fulfill His call by making you holy, guarding you, watching over you, and protecting you as His own].
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
27 I order you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.
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