The day of the Lord shall come, when least expected. Exhortations
to several duties.
1 But of the times and moments, brethren, you need not that we should write
2 *For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come,
as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, peace and security, then shall sudden destruction
come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake
you as a thief:
5 For all you are the children of light, and children of the day: we are
not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do: but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they who sleep, sleep in the night: and they who are drunk, are drunk
in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, *having on the breastplate
of faith and charity, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation:
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to the purchasing of salvation
by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us: that whether we watch or sleep, we may live together
11 Wherefore comfort one another: and edify one another, as you also do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and
are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,
13 That you esteem them more abundantly in charity for their work: have
peace with them.
14 And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble-minded,
support the weak, be patient towards all men.
15 *See that none render evil for evil to any one: but ever follow that
which is good towards each other, and towards all men.
16 Always rejoice.
17 *Pray without ceasing.
18 In all things give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus
concerning you all.
19 Extinguish not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophecies.
21 But prove all things: hold that which is good.
22 From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.
23 And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things: that your
whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 *He is faithful who hath called you: who will also perform.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you, by the Lord, that this epistle be read to all the holy
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
2: 2 Peter iii. 10.; Apocalypse iii. 3. and xvi. 15.
8: Isaias lix. 17.; Ephesians vi. 14. and 17.
15: Proverbs xvii. 13. and xx. 22.; Romans xii. 17.; 1 Peter iii. 9.
17: Ecclesiasticus xviii. 22.; Luke xviii. 1.; Colossians iv. 2.
24: 1 Corinthians i. 9.