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We believers should be prepared for the time when the Lord Jesus returns and not be as unbelievers w

1My fellow believers, I want to tell you more about the time or period when the Lord Jesus will come back. Really, you do not need that I write to you about that,

2because you yourselves know accurately about it already! You know that the Lord Jesus will return [MTY] unexpectedly (OR, when some people are unprepared). People will not expect him, just like no one knows when a thief comes unexpectedly at night [SIM].

3At a future time many people will say, “All is peaceful and we are safe!” Then suddenly he will come to punish them severely! Just like a pregnant woman who experiences birth pains cannot stop those pains, those people will definitely not have any way to escape their punishment.

4Just like people in darkness are unaware of what is happening around them, most people are not aware of what is about to happen to them [MET, PRS]. Just like a thief comes unexpectedly for people who are unaware, that time of punishment will come on people when they are not expecting it [SIM]. But you, my fellow believers, are people who are very much aware [LIT] of what is going to happen. As a result, those things [MTY] will not happen when you are not expecting them. All of us believers are people [IDM] who do what is right, as people usually do when it is daytime [MET]. We are not people who do evil things, as some people do when it is dark [MET].

5(5:4)

6So we believers must be aware of what is happening. We must be watching carefully, as people who are awake are watchful for a thief [MET]. We must be self-controlled, as people who are …sober/not drunk† are able to control what they do [MET]. People who sleep [MET] are unaware of what is happening, and unbelievers are like that.

7It is at night when people are unaware of what is happening because they are asleep, and it is at night when people become drunk and they do very wrong actions/things.

8But we believers are people who should do what is right [MET], so we must be self-controlled, as people in the daytime are usually not drunk and are able to control what they do [MET]. As Roman soldiers protect themselves by putting on breastplates and helmets [MET], we believers must protect ourselves by continuing to trust and love the Lord Jesus and by continuing to confidently expect that he will save us from God’s punishing us at the time when he will punish other people.

God has destined us believers to be saved from future punishment and to be able to live together wit

9When God chose us, he did not plan for us to be people whom he will severely punish [MTY]. On the contrary, he decided that he would save us because of our trusting in what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us.

10Jesus died to atone/pay for our sins in order that we might be able to live together with him, whether we are alive [MET] or whether we are dead [EUP] when he returns to earth.

11Because you know that this is true, continue to encourage/comfort each other, as indeed you now are doing.

Recognize as leaders those people who care for and instruct you; highly esteem and love them. Live p

12My fellow believers, we three ask that you recognize/honor as leaders those people who work hard for you. Specifically, respect those who lead you as fellow believers who …have a close relationship with/are united to† the Lord Jesus. They warn you to stop doing what is wrong (OR, they teach you to do what is right).

13That is, we ask that you consider those leaders to be very important and that you love them, because they work hard to help you. We also urge you to live peacefully with each other.

Warn believers who will not work, and encourage and help those who need it. Be patient with all peop

14My fellow believers, we urge that you warn believers who will not work in order to …obtain/earn the money to buy†things that they need to live. Tell them that they are behaving wrongly. We urge you that you encourage believers who are fearful (OR, discouraged), and that you help all people who are weak in any way. We also urge you to be patient with everyone.

15Make sure that none of you does evil deeds to anyone who has done evil to you. On the contrary, you must always try to do good deeds to each other (OR, to fellow believers) and to everyone else.

Always rejoice, pray, and thank God.

16Be joyful …at all times/always†,

17pray continually,

18and thank God …in all circumstances/regardless of what happens†. God wants you to behave like that because of what Christ Jesus has done for you (OR, because you have a close relationship with Christ Jesus).

Evaluate all messages that people claim that the Holy Spirit gave them. Accept authentic messages an

19Do not refuse the urging from God’s Spirit when he is working [MTY] among you. That would be like throwing water on a fire [MET]!

20Specifically, do not despise messages that the Holy Spirit reveals to someone and reject them automatically.

21On the contrary, evaluate all such messages. Accept the messages that are truly from God, and obey them.

22Do not obey any kind of evil message.

We pray that God will cause you to be distinct people who behave right in every way, and I am sure t

23We pray to God that he will change you to become more and more like his people should be. He is the one who causes his people to have inner peace. That is, we pray that he will help you so that in all that you think, in all that you desire, and in all that you do, you will be without fault. We ask him that he will keep doing that until our Lord Jesus Christ comes back to earth.

24Because God has invited you to be his people, you can certainly trust him to keep on helping you in that way.

Pray for us. Affectionately greet all your fellow believers, and make certain that someone reads thi

25My fellow believers, pray for me and for Silas and for Timothy.

26When you gather together as believers, greet each other affectionately, as fellow believers should.

27Make certain that you read this letter to the believers there, knowing that the Lord Jesus wants you to do it.

28I pray that our Lord Jesus Christ will continue to act kindly toward you all.


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