The Sudden Arrival Of The Day Of The Lord

1 It is not necessary, my brethren, to specify the exact time:

1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you.

1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

1 About the times and the seasons:(A) Brothers, you do not need anything to be written to you.

1 Now you do not need to have anything written to you about times and dates, brothers,

2 for you very well know, that the day of the Lord steals on like a thief in the night.

2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.

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(B) will come just like a thief(C) in the night.

2 for you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

3 whilst they flatter themselves with peace and safety, destruction shall fall upon them, like the pangs of a woman in travail, and they shall not escape.

3 While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

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 they say, “Peace and security,” then sudden destruction(D) comes on them, like labor pains come on a pregnant woman, and they will 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.

4 but you, my brethren, are too well inform'd to be surpriz'd by that day, as by a thief.

4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;

4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

4 But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief.(E)

4 However, brothers, you are not in the darkness, in order that the Day of the Lord might surprise you like a thief.

5 you inherit the advantages of meridian light: we are not involv'd in the obscurity of night.

5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day We are not of night nor of darkness;

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 you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or the darkness.(F)

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.

6 therefore let us not sleep away our time like others, but be vigilant and temperate.

6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

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.

7 they that are sober take their rest in the night, whilst they that are sots, are drunk in the night:

7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.

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.

8 but let us, who enjoy the light, be temperate; let us be arm'd with the breast-plate of faith and charity, and for an helmet, with the hope of salvation.

8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

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, we must be serious(G) and put the armor(H) of faith and love on our chests, and put on a helmet(I) of 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.

9 for God did not design to make us the objects of his displeasure, but to effect our felicity by the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us,

9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord(J) Jesus Christ,(K)

9 For God has not destined us to receive wrath but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus, the Messiah,

10 that whether we happen to be alive or dead, we may be secure of living with him.

10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him.

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

10 who died for us,(L) so that whether we are awake or asleep,(M) we will live together with Him.(N)

10 who died for us in order that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

11 wherefore comfort and edify one another, as you have hitherto done.

11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

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.

Final Exhortations And Benediction

12 We entreat you, brethren, to respect those, who labour in the ministry, who by divine appointment preside over you, and instruct you.

12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,

12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

12 Now we ask you, brothers, to give recognition(O) to those who labor among you and lead 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.

13 maintain an intire affection for them, upon account of their office, and don't form any brigues against them.

13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

13 and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace(P) among yourselves.

13 Hold them in the highest regard, loving them because of their work. Live in peace with each other.

14 and we exhort you, brethren, reprove the disorderly, comfort the pusillanimous, support the weak, and be patient toward all men.

14 We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

14 And we exhort you, brothers:(Q) warn those who are irresponsible,(a) comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient(R) with everyone.

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 Don't allow any one to return evil for evil, but strive to do all the good you can to one another, and to all the world.

15 See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

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 See to it that no one repays evil for evil(S) to anyone,(T) but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.(U)

15 Make sure that no one pays back evil for evil. Instead, always pursue what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 be always chearful.

16 Rejoice always;

16 Rejoice evermore.

16 Rejoice(V) always!

16 Always be joyful.

17 pray upon all occasions.

17 pray without ceasing;

17 Pray without ceasing.

17 Pray constantly.

17 Continually be prayerful.

18 be thankful to God for every thing, for so christians are oblig'd to be.

18 in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

18 Give thanks in everything,for this is God’s will(W) for you in Christ Jesus.

18 In everything be thankful, because this is God's will for you in the Messiah Jesus.

19 don't abuse the gifts of the spirit.

19 Do not quench the Spirit;

19 Quench not the Spirit.

19 Don’t stifle the Spirit.

19 Do not put out the Spirit's fire.

20 don't despise the prophetic gift.

20 do not despise prophetic utterances.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

20 Don’t despise prophecies,

20 Do not despise prophecies.

21 bring every thing to the test: if it be proof, abide by that:

21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

21 but test all things.(X)Hold on to what is good.

21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

22 if it has the least appearance of evil, reject it.

22 abstain from every form of evil.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

22 Stay away(Y) from every kind of evil.

22 Keep away from every kind of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace make you intirely holy: may every part of you, your spirit, soul, and body be preserved irreprovable at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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 Now may the God of peace(Z) Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit,(AA) soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming(AB) of our Lord(AC) Jesus Christ.(AD)

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.

24 he that has called you, is faithful, and this he will effect.

24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.

24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

24 He who calls(AE) you(AF) is faithful, who also will do it.

24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will continue to be faithful.

25 My brethren, pray for us.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

25 Brothers, pray for us also.

25 Brothers, pray for us.

26 salute all the brethren with an holy kiss.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

26 Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.

27 I conjure you by the Lord, that this epistle may be read to all our christian brethren.

27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brothers.(AG)

27 I order you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.

28 the favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. AMEN.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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.

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