1 Thessalonians 5:4

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But ye, brethren, are not in darkenesse, that that day should ouertake you as a thiefe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But you, my brothers, are not in the dark, for that day to overtake you like a thief:
- Basic English Bible

But *ye*, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief:
- Darby Bible

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
- Webster's Bible

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that daylight should surprise you like a thief;
- Weymouth Bible

But you, brothers, aren't in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.
- World English Bible

But, britheren, ye ben not in derknessis, that the ilke dai as a theef catche you.
- Wycliffe Bible

and ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day may catch you as a thief;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:4


5:4 Ye are not in darkness - Sleeping secure in sin.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:4


1Th 5:4 Ye, brethren, are not in darkness. The Christian has been fully instructed, is a child of the light, and knows that he must always be ready. He follows the Light of the World (Joh 8:12 9:5).

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 5

  • Irene123
    Tosha - I'm just really very curious; on which comment were you basing your comment about 'appearance'? I'd like to read it.
  • Tosha
    My comment is this, who judges your appearance? Their is only one God, and he has allowed a few to write some things of what he expects, but unless u have read the entire bible and extra bks, u have no idea what the start of what God our creator expects of our appearance.
  • A disciple
    Irene; Ever since Cain and Abel, the Righteous have had to bear with the tribulations imposed on them by those who despise and reject the Word of the Anointed Saviour. In fact it was generally the Sentence passed on us as a species because of Adam's sin, that we have tribulation, toil and sorrow: a "trade off" if you will, for being allowed to live the rest of our lives, in faith of Christ coming.
  • Irene123
    Jesus' saints don't 'reject' His wrath; they can't; they can only reject His salvation. The wrath to come (Great Trib.) is coming to the unsaved - who reject His salvation; after those 7 yrs. then His 1.000 yr. reign, then the final judgement.
  • A disciple
    There seems here to be some misunderstanding about "tribulation," and as to whether the Saints must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. But when someone comes along and suggests that tribulation is the same as God's wrath, and something we should reject; they unwittingly make themselves enemies of the Cross; and we find that a snare from the devil has been laid before us!
  • Bruce
    Irene:verse nine says wrath, the wrath of God is not tribulation:tribulation is not the wrath of God. We will be accountable for all things we say!Matthew12:36 /did persecution and tribulation start when 1 said kill them all 2 yrs and under?When we standup preach salvation,let their Light shine, point to the cross? We are in the tribulation! Wrath for the lost

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