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

2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

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.

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

5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

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.

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

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

11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

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

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

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

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.

16 Rejoice evermore.

17 Pray without ceasing.

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

19 Quench not the Spirit.

20 Despise not prophesyings.

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

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

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.

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

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

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

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (The first epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.)


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Matthew Henry's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 Bible commentary...

The apostle exhorts to be always ready for the coming of Christ to judgment, which will be with suddenness and surprise. (1-11) He directs to several particular duties. (12-22) And concludes with prayer, greetings, and a blessing. (23-28)1-5 It is needless or useless to ask about the particular time of Christ's coming. Christ did not reveal this to the apostles. There are times and seasons for us to work in, and these are our duty and interest to know and observe; but as to the time when we must give up our account, we know it not, nor is it needful that we should. The coming of Christ will be a great surprise to men. Our Lord himself said so. As the hour of death is the same to each person that the judgment will be to mankind in general, so the same remarks answer for both. Christ's coming will be terrible to the ungodly. Their destruction will overtake them while they dream of happiness, and please themselves with vain amusements. There will be no means to escape the terror or the punishment of that day. This day will be a happy day to the righteous. They are not in darkness; they are the children of the light. It is the happy condition of all true Christians. But how many are speaking peace and safety to themselves, over whose heads utter destruction is hovering! Let us endeavour to awaken ourselves and each other, and guard against our spiritual enemies.

6-11 Most of mankind do not consider the things of another world at all, because they are asleep; or they do not consider them aright, because they sleep and dream. Our moderation as to all earthly things should be known to all men. Shall Christians, who have the light of the blessed gospel shining in their faces, be careless about their souls, and unmindful of another world? We need the spiritual armour, or the three Christian graces, faith, love, and hope. Faith; if we believe that the eye of God is always upon us, that there is another world to prepare for, we shall see reason to watch and be sober. True and fervent love to God, and the things of God, will keep us watchful and sober. If we have hope of salvation, let us take heed of any thing that would shake our trust in the Lord. We have ground on which to build unshaken hope, when we consider, that salvation is by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, to atone for our sins and to ransom our souls. We should join in prayer and praise one with another. We should set a good example one before another, and this is the best means to answer the end of society. Thus we shall learn how to live to Him, with whom we hope to live for ever.

12-15 The ministers of the gospel are described by the work of their office, which is to serve and honour the Lord. It is their duty not only to give good counsel, but also to warn the flock of dangers, and reprove for whatever may be amiss. The people should honour and love their ministers, because their business is the welfare of men's souls. And the people should be at peace among themselves, doing all they can to guard against any differences. But love of peace must not make us wink at sin. The fearful and sorrowful spirits, should be encouraged, and a kind word may do much good. We must bear and forbear. We must be long-suffering, and keep down anger, and this to all men. Whatever man do to us, we must do good to others.

16-22 We are to rejoice in creature-comforts, as if we rejoiced not, and must not expect to live many years, and rejoice in them all; but if we do rejoice in God, we may do that evermore. A truly religious life is a life of constant joy. And we should rejoice more, if we prayed more. Prayer will help forward all lawful business, and every good work. If we pray without ceasing, we shall not want matter for thanksgiving in every thing. We shall see cause to give thanks for sparing and preventing, for common and uncommon, past and present, temporal and spiritual mercies. Not only for prosperous and pleasing, but also for afflicting providences, for chastisements and corrections; for God designs all for our good, though we at present see not how they tend to it. Quench not the Spirit. Christians are said to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He worketh as fire, by enlightening, enlivening, and purifying the souls of men. As fire is put out by taking away fuel, and as it is quenched by pouring water, or putting a great deal of earth upon it; so we must be careful not to quench the Holy Spirit, by indulging carnal lusts and affections, minding only earthly things. Believers often hinder their growth in grace, by not giving themselves up to the spiritual affections raised in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. By prophesyings, here understand the preaching of the word, the interpreting and applying the Scriptures. We must not despise preaching, though it is plain, and we are told no more than what we knew before. We must search the Scriptures. And proving all things must be to hold fast that which is good. We should abstain from sin, and whatever looks like sin, leads to it, and borders upon it. He who is not shy of the appearances of sin, who shuns not the occasions of it, and who avoids not the temptations and approaches to it, will not long keep from doing sin.

23-28 The apostle prays that they might be sanctified more perfectly, for the best are sanctified but in part while in this world; therefore we should pray for, and press toward, complete holiness. And as we must fall, if God did not carry on his good work in the soul, we should pray to God to perfect his work, till we are presented faultless before the throne of his glory. We should pray for one another; and brethren should thus express brotherly love. This epistle was to be read to all the brethren. Not only are the common people allowed to read the Scriptures, but it is their duty, and what they should be persuaded to do. The word of God should not be kept in an unknown tongue, but transplanted, that as all men are concerned to know the Scriptures, so they all may be able to read them. The Scriptures should be read in all public congregations, for the benefit of the unlearned especially. We need no more to make us happy, than to know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is an ever-flowing and an over-flowing fountain of grace to supply all our wants.


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Sylvia's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment on 10/08/2014, 7:32pm...

This is an exhortion to live godly, be expectant of His return, and ready to serve those who need patient teaching.We need to always be on guard against falsity and pray at all times


Kelvin Raines's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment about verse 22 on 10/02/2014, 3:18pm...

Me and my wife were having a conversation concerning this verse and she said to me that she would fellowship with another sister in Christ because she has backslidden and because of the life style she has indulged in. I told my wife that this scripture is talking about those who are saved and living a life in Christ Jesus. We are the ones that are to abstain from every kind of evil, But those who are living a sinful life, We are to be a witness for Christ and lead those who are lost and those who have back slided back to Christ or introduce them to Christ and present them the Gift of salvation which Christ had died for. We are not to indulge ourselves in their life style but to lead them to Christ. So as i said this verse is a verse that was written to remind us who are saved that we are to have the character of Christ and to be a shining example to them who don 't know Him or to them that have strayed away from the truth of the love that Christ has for everyone who believes upon Christ holy and Matchless name


Word's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment about verse 7 on 9/11/2014, 1:35pm...

It 's speaking of sleep meaning ignorant and not reading the word and drunks who don 't care too.


Word's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment on 9/11/2014, 1:31pm...

The only time you could possibly have everyone from all Nations having peace on earth is if the world is turn to a one world system and have a king over them,even if he is a fake king and sits in the temple of God saying he is a god and then, after that false peace they will here the 7th trump and look up and as a thief in the night, even if it 's dark in the middle of the day, the brightness of His coming lights up the sky and all, ALL " will change into spiritual bodies and them caught with Satan acting like the Lamb but speaks like a dragon will be in pain.


BSP's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment about verse 17 on 9/04/2014, 12:26pm...

This shows how important it is to persevere in prayer. Pray is not a one time thing. We must continue to pray daily. The privilege of prayer has been given to us and we can use it as often as we would like and pray whenever we may like.


Olabode's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment about verse 17 on 9/04/2014, 4:47am...

Jesus said prayer is the key. So we are expected to pray at any time at anywhere. Prayer is needed in all areas of life. Jesus said man ought to pray.


Scott's 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 comment about verse 3 on 8/20/2014, 4:41am...

I think Bob is pretty much spot on. Verse 1 tells us this is speaking of the "Day of the Lord. " That is, "that great and terrible Day. " So depending on your interpretative view to the Second Coming and the Day of the Lord, it is clear that the state of mind of the general public will be that there is relative peace and safety globally or at least in their own countries . This follows a period of continual unrest and turmoil nation will rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom mentioned by Christ in the Olivet Discourse . So the world will welcome this seemingly wonderful period of peace and will give themselves whole heartedly to the leader s they feel brought them to this peace. Then, sudden destruction as the world has never seen. So, when we consider the turmoil in the Middle East, the unrest and heinous acts by terrorist groups such as Hamas and ISIS or IS ,considering what will come is not something I want to be around for. If you think of some of the modern weapons we now have available, the emphasis on "sudden " becomes apparent. Damascus will be wiped out in a day. With Syria being a hotbed for terrorism, this is completely understandable. For those of us who are saved, we need only to look up and know that our Redemption draws close.


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