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.

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.

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - But ye, brethren; ye believers, in opposition to the unbelieving world. Are not in darkness; referring back to the night (ver. 2), when the thief comes. By darkness is here meant, not merely ignorance, but moral depravity - the darkness of sin. Ye are not in the ignorant and sinful condition of the unredeemed world, so as to be surprised by the day of the Lord. With you it is not night, but day; the light of the gospel is shining around you; and therefore the day of the Lord's coming will not surprise you in an unprepared state. That; a statement, not of result, but of purpose - "in order that." That day; the day; namely, the day of the Lord. Should overtake you - surprise you - as a thief.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness,.... In a state of unregeneracy, which is a state of darkness, blindness, and ignorance, and which is the condition of all men by nature; they are born in darkness, and are brought up in it, and willingly, walk in it; they are covered with it, as the earth was covered with darkness in its first creation; and dwell in it, as the Egyptians did for some days, in thick darkness, darkness which might be felt; their understandings are darkened with respect to the true knowledge of God, the nature of sin, the way of salvation by Christ, the work of the spirit of God upon the soul, and the necessity of it, the Scriptures of truth, and the mysteries of the Gospel; and which is the case of God's elect themselves, while unregenerate: but now these persons were called out of darkness, turned from it, and delivered from the power of it; and therefore knew that the day of the Lord comes as above described, by the metaphors of a thief in the night, and a woman with child, and needed not to be informed about that matter: or

that that day should overtake you as a thief; or seize and lay hold upon you as a thief who comes in the dark, and lays hold upon a person suddenly; but these saints were not in the dark, but in the light, and so could see when the day of the Lord came; and would not be surprised with it, as a man is seized with terror and fright, when laid hold on by a thief; since they would be, or at least should be on their watch, and be looking out for, and hasting to the coming of the day of God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. not in darkness—not in darkness of understanding (that is, spiritual ignorance) or of the moral nature (that is, a state of sin), Eph 4:18.

that—Greek, "in order that"; with God results are all purposed.

that day—Greek, "THE day"; the day of the Lord (Heb 10:25, "the day"), in contrast to "darkness."

overtake—unexpectedly (compare Joh 12:35).

as a thief—The two oldest manuscripts read, "as (the daylight overtakes) thieves" (Job 24:17). Old manuscripts and Vulgate read as English Version.

1 Thessalonians 5:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Day of the Lord
3While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of 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
"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap.

Acts 26:18
to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.'

1 Thessalonians 5:2
for you know very well 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 destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

1 John 2:8
Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

Revelation 3:3
Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Revelation 16:15
"Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."
Treasury of Scripture

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

are.

Romans 13:11-13 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

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

1 Peter 2:9,10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

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 …

Deuteronomy 28:15,45 But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of …

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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