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King James Version.
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need
I write unto you.
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so
as a thief in the night.
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.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day
overtake you as a thief.
Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the
are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be
are drunken in the night.
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
For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain
by our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should
together with him.
Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one
even as also ye do.
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour
you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's
And be at peace among yourselves.
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly,
the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever
that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God
Christ Jesus concerning you.
Quench not the Spirit.
Despise not prophesyings.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Abstain from all appearance of evil.
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray
your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Brethren, pray for us.
Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
- v. 23, "spirit and soul and body":
This tripartite division of the human person has occasioned
much discussion. See the entry Soul
Orthodox Library, Holy Tuesday, 2008.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter, the people of Haiti,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!