1But concerning the times and dates, brothers and sisters, you have no need for anything to be written to you.
2For you yourselves know very well that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.
3When they are saying, “Peace and safety,” then disaster will suddenly come upon them like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will surely not escape.
4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness that the Day would surprise you like a thief,
5for you are all sons of light, and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of the darkness.
6So then, let us not be asleep as are the rest of humankind, but let us be awake and be clearheaded.
7For those who are sleeping, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.
8But since we are of the day, let us be clearheaded, putting on a breastplate of trust and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10who died in our place so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with him.
11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, one on one, just as you are already doing.
12Now, brothers and sisters, we request that you respect those who labor among you and are leadinga you in the Lord and are admonishing you,
13and to esteem them very highly with love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves.
14Now we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always diligently pursue what is good for one another and for all people.
23Now may the God of peace himself make you completely holy, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
25Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
26Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss.
27I put you under oath before the Lord that this letter be read to all the brothers and sisters.
28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.