1 Thessalonians 4:14
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New International Version
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

New Living Translation
For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.

English Standard Version
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

New American Standard Bible
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

King James Bible
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.

International Standard Version
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so through Jesus God will bring those who have died with him.

NET Bible
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also we believe that God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep as Christians.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if we believe that Yeshua died and arose, in this way also God shall bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Yeshua.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We believe that Jesus died and came back to life. We also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring back those who have died. They will come back with Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those who sleep in Jesus will God also bring with him.

King James 2000 Bible
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

American King James Version
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

American Standard Version
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again; even so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring with him.

Darby Bible Translation
For if we believe that Jesus has died and has risen again, so also God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.

English Revised Version
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Weymouth New Testament
For if we believe that Jesus has died and risen again, we also believe that, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who shall have passed away.

World English Bible
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so also God those asleep through Jesus he will bring with him,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:13-18 Here is comfort for the relations and friends of those who die in the Lord. Grief for the death of friends is lawful; we may weep for our own loss, though it may be their gain. Christianity does not forbid, and grace does not do away, our natural affections. Yet we must not be excessive in our sorrows; this is too much like those who have no hope of a better life. Death is an unknown thing, and we know little about the state after death; yet the doctrines of the resurrection and the second coming of Christ, are a remedy against the fear of death, and undue sorrow for the death of our Christian friends; and of these doctrines we have full assurance. It will be some happiness that all the saints shall meet, and remain together for ever; but the principal happiness of heaven is to be with the Lord, to see him, live with him, and enjoy him for ever. We should support one another in times sorrow; not deaden one another's spirits, or weaken one another's hands. And this may be done by the many lessons to be learned from the resurrection of the dead, and the second coming of Christ. What! comfort a man by telling him he is going to appear before the judgment-seat of God! Who can feel comfort from those words? That man alone with whose spirit the Spirit of God bears witness that his sins are blotted out, and the thoughts of whose heart are purified by the Holy Spirit, so that he can love God, and worthily magnify his name. We are not in a safe state unless it is thus with us, or we are desiring to be so.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again. The apostle's argument proceeds on the supposition that Christ and believers are one body, of which Christ is the Head and believers are the members; and that consequently what happens to the Head must happen to the members. Our knowledge and belief of a future state, and especially of the resurrection, is founded on the resurrection of Christ (comp. 1 Corinthians 15:12-20). Even so them also which sleep in Jesus; or more literally, through Jesus. Will God bring with him; namely, with Jesus. These words are differently construed. Some read them thus: "Even so them also which sleep will God through Jesus bring with him" (De Wette, Lunemann); but this appears to be an awkward construction; as we must then render the clause, "will God through Jesus bring with Jesus." It is, therefore, better to refer the words, "through Jesus," to the first clause. It is through Jesus that believers fall asleep; it is he who changes the nature of death, for all his people, from being the king of terrors into a quiet and gentle sleep, from which they will awaken to eternal life.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again,.... As every Christian does, for both the death and resurrection of Christ are fundamental articles of faith; nothing is more certain or more comfortable, and more firmly to be believed, than that Christ died for the sins of his people, and rose again for their justification; on these depend the present peace, joy, and comfort of the saints, and their everlasting salvation and happiness: and no less certain and comfortable, and as surely to be believed, is what follows,

even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. The saints that are dead are not only represented as asleep, as before, but as "asleep in Jesus"; to distinguish them from the other dead, the wicked; for the phrase of sleeping in death is promiscuously used of good and bad, though most commonly applied to good men: and so say the Jews (c),

"we used to speak of just men, not as dead, but as sleeping; saying, afterwards such an one fell asleep, signifying that the death of the righteous is nothing else than a sleep.''

To represent death as a sleep makes it very easy and familiar; but it is more so, when it is considered as sleeping in Jesus, in the arms of Jesus; and such as are asleep in him must needs be at rest, and in safety: some join the phrase "in", or "by Jesus", with the word bring, and read the passage thus, "them that are asleep, by Jesus will God bring with him"; intimating, that God will raise up the dead bodies of the saints by Christ, as God-man and Mediator; and through him will bring them to eternal glory, and save them by him, as he has determined: others render the words, "them which sleep through", or "by Jesus"; or die for his sake, and so restrain them to the martyrs; who they suppose only will have part in the first resurrection, and whom God will bring with Jesus at his second coming; but the coming of Christ will be "with all his saints"; see 1 Thessalonians 3:13 wherefore they are best rendered, "them that sleep in Jesus"; that is, "in the faith of Jesus", as the Arabic version renders it: not in the lively exercise of faith on Christ, for this is not the case of all the saints at death; some of them are in the dark, and go from hence under a cloud, and yet go safe, and may be said to die, or sleep, in Jesus, and will be brought with him; but who have the principle, and hold the doctrine of faith, are, and live and die, true believers; who die interested in Christ, in union with him, being chosen and blessed, and preserved in him from everlasting, and effectually called by his grace in time, and brought to believe in him; these, both their souls and bodies, are united to Christ, and are his care and charge; and which union remains in death, and by virtue of it the bodies of the saints will be raised at the last day: so that there may be the strongest assurance, that such will God bring with him; either God the Father will bring them with his Son, or Jehovah the Son will bring them with himself; he will raise them from the dead, and unite them to their souls, or spirits, he will bring with him; the consideration of which may serve greatly to mitigate and abate sorrow for deceased friends.

(c) Shebet Juda, p. 294. Ed. Gent.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. For if—confirmation of his statement, 1Th 4:13, that the removal of ignorance as to the sleeping believers would remove undue grief respecting them. See 1Th 4:13, "hope." Hence it appears our hope rests on our faith ("if we believe"). "As surely as we all believe that Christ died and rose again (the very doctrine specified as taught at Thessalonica, Ac 17:3), so also will God bring those laid to sleep by Jesus with Him (Jesus)." (So the order and balance of the members of the Greek sentence require us to translate). Believers are laid in sleep by Jesus, and so will be brought back from sleep with Jesus in His train when He comes. The disembodied souls are not here spoken of; the reference is to the sleeping bodies. The facts of Christ's experience are repeated in the believer's. He died and then rose: so believers shall die and then rise with Him. But in His case death is the term used, 1Co 15:3, 6, &c.; in theirs, sleep; because His death has taken for them the sting from death. The same Hand that shall raise them is that which laid them to sleep. "Laid to sleep by Jesus," answers to "dead in Christ" (1Th 4:16).

1 Thessalonians 4:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Return of the Lord
13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.…
Cross References
Romans 14:9
For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

1 Corinthians 15:14
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

1 Corinthians 15:18
Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.

2 Corinthians 4:14
because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.

1 Thessalonians 4:13
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.
Treasury of Scripture

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1 Corinthians 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

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God.

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