1 Thessalonians 5:4
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New International Version
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

New Living Translation
But you aren't in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won't be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief.

English Standard Version
But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.

Berean Study Bible
But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief.

Berean Literal Bible
But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that the day should overtake you like a thief.

New American Standard Bible
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief;

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you, brothers, are not in the dark, for this day to overtake you like a thief.

International Standard Version
However, brothers, you are not in the darkness, in order that the Day of the Lord might surprise you like a thief.

NET Bible
But you, brothers and sisters, are not in the darkness for the day to overtake you like a thief would.

New Heart English Bible
But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you, my brethren, you are not in darkness that the day should overtake you as a thief.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But, brothers and sisters, you don't live in the dark. That day won't take you by surprise as a thief would.

New American Standard 1977
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should take you as a thief.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

American King James Version
But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

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

English Revised Version
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief:

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
and ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day may catch you as a thief;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:1-5 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.
Study Bible
The Day of the Lord
3While people are saying, “Peace and security,” destruction will come upon them suddenly, like labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you, brothers, are not in the darkness so that this day should overtake you like a thief. 5For you are all sons of the light and sons of the day; we do not belong to the night or to the darkness.…
Cross References
Matthew 10:15
Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

Luke 21:34
But watch yourselves, or your hearts will be weighed down by dissipation, drunkenness, and the worries of life--and that day will spring upon you suddenly like a snare.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those sanctified by faith in Me.'

1 Thessalonians 5:2
For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.

2 Peter 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be dissolved in the fire, and the earth and its works will not be found.

1 John 2:8
Then again, I am also writing you a new commandment, which is true in Him and also in you. For the darkness is fading and the true light is already shining.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, then, what you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know the hour when I will come upon you.

Revelation 16:15
"Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who remains awake and clothed, so that he will not go naked and let his shame be exposed."
Treasury of Scripture

But you, brothers, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

are.

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Colossians 1:13 Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated …

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1 John 2:8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him …

overtake.

Deuteronomy 19:6 Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart …

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Jeremiah 42:16 Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which you feared, shall …

Hosea 10:9 O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah: there they stood…

Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, …

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