THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
E. Its Exhortation
1. Sanctification versus Fornication
1 Furthermore, brothers, we ask and aexhort you in the Lord Jesus that even as you received from us how you ought to walk and bplease God, even as indeed you do walk, that you cabound still more.
2 For you know what acharges we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the awill of God, your 1bsanctification: that you cabstain from 2dfornication;
4 That each one of you know how to 1possess his aown 2vessel in 3sanctification and bhonor,
5 Not in the apassion of lust, like the bGentiles who do 1cnot know God;
6 That no one 1overstep and 2take advantage of his brother in 3the matter, because the Lord is the 4aavenger concerning all 5these things, even as we also said before to you and solemnly charged.
7 For God has not acalled us 1for 2buncleanness but 3in 4csanctification.
8 1Consequently, he who 2rejects, rejects not man but God, who also gives His 3aHoly Spirit to you.
2. Brotherly Love
9 Now concerning 1brotherly alove, you have no need for me to bwrite to you, for you yourselves are ctaught of God to 2dlove one another;
10 For you also do this unto all the brothers in the whole of aMacedonia. But we bexhort you, brothers, to cabound still more
3. A Becoming Walk
11 And to aspire to be aquiet and attend to your own affairs and work with your bhands, even as we ccharged you,
12 That you may walk abecomingly toward those boutside and may have cneed of nothing.
1. For the Dead Believers
13 But we do not want you to be aignorant, brothers, concerning those who are 1sleeping, that you would not grieve even as also the rest who have bno hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and arose, so also bthose who have fallen asleep through Jesus, God will bring cwith Him.
2. For the Living and Remaining Believers
15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are living, who are left remaining unto the 1acoming of the Lord, shall by no means precede those who have fallen asleep;
16 Because the Lord Himself, with a 1ashout of command, with the voice of the barchangel and with the 2ctrumpet of God, will descend from dheaven, and the edead in Christ will frise first.
17 Then we who are living, who are left remaining, will be 1acaught up together bwith them in the cclouds to meet the Lord 2in the air; and thus we will be always with the Lord.
18 Therefore comfort aone another with these words.