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,
1 But as to the suitable times and the precise seasons and dates, brethren, you have no necessity for anything being written to you.
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 will come [as unexpectedly and suddenly] as a thief 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 When people are saying, All is well and secure, and, There is peace and safety, then in a moment unforeseen destruction (ruin and death) will come upon them as suddenly as labor pains come upon a woman with child; and they shall by no means escape, for there will be no escape.
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.
4 But you are not in [given up to the power of] darkness, brethren, for that day to overtake you by surprise 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 the day; we do not belong either to the night or 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 Accordingly then, let us not sleep, as the rest do, but let us keep wide awake (alert, watchful, cautious, and on our guard) and let us be sober (calm, collected, and circumspect).
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 we belong to the day; therefore, let us be sober and put on the breastplate (corslet) of faith and love and for a helmet the hope 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 appointed us to [incur His] wrath [He did not select us to condemn us], but [that we might] obtain [His] salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)
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 for us so that whether we are still alive or are dead [at Christ's appearing], we might live together with Him and share His 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 (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen 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 also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all] -- "your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you.
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 hold them in very high and most affectionate esteem in [intelligent and sympathetic] appreciation of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
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.
14 And we earnestly beseech you, brethren, admonish (warn and seriously advise) those who are out of line [the loafers, the disorderly, and the unruly]; encourage the timid and fainthearted, help and give your support to the weak souls, [and] be very patient with everybody [always keeping your temper].
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 none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.
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 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.
21 But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.
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 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
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 is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].
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.
27 I solemnly charge you [in the name of] the Lord to have this letter read before all the brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
28 May the grace of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, be with you! Amen.
28 The grace (the unmerited favor and blessings) of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with you all. Amen, (so be it).
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