1 Thessalonians 4:17

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then we which are aliue, and remaine, shalbe caught vp together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the aire: and so shall wee euer bee with the Lord.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then we who are still living will be taken up together with them into the clouds to see the Lord in the air: and so will we be for ever with the Lord.
- Basic English Bible

then *we*, the living who remain, shall be caught up together with them in [the] clouds, to meet the Lord in [the] air; and thus we shall be always with [the] Lord.
- Darby Bible

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
- Webster's Bible

Afterwards we who are alive and are still on earth will be caught up in their company amid clouds to meet the Lord in the air.
- Weymouth Bible

then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.
- World English Bible

Therfor be ye coumfortid togidere in these wordis.
- Wycliffe Bible

then we who are living, who are remaining over, together with them shall be caught away in clouds to meet the Lord in air, and so always with the Lord we shall be;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:17


4:17 Together - In the same moment. In the air - The wicked will remain beneath, while the righteous, being absolved, shall be assessors with their Lord in the judgment. With the Lord - In heaven.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:17


1Th 4:17 Then we . . . together with them. All the church, the saints of past ages, and the saints of the last age, shall ascend together to meet the Lord. So shall we ever be with the Lord. That glorious meeting shall never end.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 4:17

  • the Bible is clear a second coming, not a third. it doesn 't speak of a secret return of Christ in the air. pre wrath makes a lot more sense than pre trib! it takes a lot of related scriptures to see the light, but Matthew 24 is pretty clear the word 'then '...thank God Jesus IS returning!!!be prepared!
  • Kevin Boultinghouse for verse 17
    This verse is the Translation of the true Church.When it happens no one knows but our Father in Heaven

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