1 Thessalonians 5:6
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New International Version
So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.

New Living Translation
So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.

English Standard Version
So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

Berean Study Bible
So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober.

Berean Literal Bible
So then we should not sleep as the others, but we should watch and we should be sober.

New American Standard Bible
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

King James Bible
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So then, we must not sleep, like the rest, but we must stay awake and be serious.

International Standard Version
Therefore, let's not fall asleep like others do, but let's stay awake and be sober.

NET Bible
So then we must not sleep as the rest, but must stay alert and sober.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Let us not sleep therefore as the rest, but let us be watchful and sensible.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Therefore, we must not fall asleep like other people, but we must stay awake and be sober.

New American Standard 1977
so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

American King James Version
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

American Standard Version
so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore, let us not sleep, as others do; but let us watch, and be sober.

Darby Bible Translation
So then do not let us sleep as the rest do, but let us watch and be sober;

English Revised Version
so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

Weymouth New Testament
So then let us not sleep, like the rest of the world, but let us keep awake and be sober.

World English Bible
so then let's not sleep, as the rest do, but let's watch and be sober.

Young's Literal Translation
so, then, we may not sleep as also the others, but watch and be sober,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:6-11 Most of mankind do not consider the things of another world at all, because they are asleep; or they do not consider them aright, because they sleep and dream. Our moderation as to all earthly things should be known to all men. Shall Christians, who have the light of the blessed gospel shining in their faces, be careless about their souls, and unmindful of another world? We need the spiritual armour, or the three Christian graces, faith, love, and hope. Faith; if we believe that the eye of God is always upon us, that there is another world to prepare for, we shall see reason to watch and be sober. True and fervent love to God, and the things of God, will keep us watchful and sober. If we have hope of salvation, let us take heed of any thing that would shake our trust in the Lord. We have ground on which to build unshaken hope, when we consider, that salvation is by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, to atone for our sins and to ransom our souls. We should join in prayer and praise one with another. We should set a good example one before another, and this is the best means to answer the end of society. Thus we shall learn how to live to Him, with whom we hope to live for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Therefore; because we are the children of the, light and of the day, because we have been enlightened and purified, we ought to be watchful and sober, so that we may not be unprepared for the day of the Lord. Privileges will avail us nothing, unless we use them and walk up to them. Let us not sleep. Sleep is here evidently used metaphorically to denote religious carelessness. As do others; the unbelieving and ungodly. But let us watch and be sober; evidently to be understood metaphorically of spiritual vigilance and sobriety: watchfulness denoting wakefulness from sleep, and sobriety freedom from intoxication. Both must be combined: we must be watchful, on our guard, and we must be sober, armed and prepared; "for even by day," observes St. Chrysostom, "if one watches, but is not sober, he will fall into numberless dangers." The same exhortation is given by Peter, but in the reverse order: "Be sober, be vigilant" (1 Peter 5:8).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore let us not sleep as do others.... As the rest of the Gentiles, as unconverted persons, who are in a state of darkness, and are children of the night; let us not act that part they do, or be like them; which professors of religion too much are, when they indulge themselves in carnal lusts and pleasures, and are careless and thoughtless about the coming of the day of the Lord; and get into a stupid, drowsy, and slumbering frame of spirit; when grace lies dormant as if it was not, and they grow backward to, and slothful in the discharge of duty, and content themselves with the bare externals of religion; and become lukewarm and indifferent with respect to the truths and ordinance of the Gospel, the cause of God, the interest of religion, and glory of Christ; and are unconcerned about sins of omission or commission: and are willing to continue in such a position, being displeased at every admonition and exhortation given them to awake; but this is very unbecoming children of the light, and of the day:

but let us watch; over ourselves, our hearts, thoughts, affections, words and actions; and over others, our fellow Christians, that they give not into bad principles and evil practices; and against sin, and all appearance of it; against the temptations of Satan, the snares of the world, and the errors of wicked men, who lie in wait to deceive; and in the word and ordinances, and particularly in prayer, both unto it, in it, and after it; and for the second coming of Christ, with faith, affection, and patience; and the rather, because of the uncertainty of the time of it;

and be sober; not only in body, abstaining from excessive eating and drinking, using this world, and the good things of it, so as not to abuse them, or ourselves with them; but also in mind, that the heart be overcharged with the cares of this world; for men may be inebriated with the world, as well as with wine; and the one is as prejudicial to the soul as the other is to the body; for an immoderate care for, and pursuit after the world, chokes the word, makes it unfruitful, and runs persons into divers snares and temptations, and hurtful lusts. The Arabic version renders it, "let us repent"; and the Ethiopic version, "let us understand"; as intending the sobriety of the mind, repentance being an after thought of the mind, a serious reflection on past actions with sorrow and concern; and thinking soberly, and not more highly than a man ought to think of himself, his gifts, his attainments and abilities, in opposition to pride, vanity, and self-conceit, is very becoming; and shows a true and well informed understanding and judgment, and that a man is really sober and himself.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. others—Greek, "the rest" of the world: the unconverted (1Th 4:13). "Sleep" here is worldly apathy to spiritual things (Ro 13:11; Eph 5:14); in 1Th 5:7, ordinary sleep; in 1Th 5:10, death.

watch—for Christ's coming; literally, "be wakeful." The same Greek occurs in 1Co 15:34; 2Ti 2:26.

be sober—refraining from carnal indulgence, mental or sensual (1Pe 5:8).

1 Thessalonians 5:6 Additional Commentaries
The Day of the Lord
5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.…
Cross References
Romans 13:11
And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

Ephesians 2:3
All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

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.

1 Thessalonians 5:10
He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

1 Peter 1:13
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

let us not.

Proverbs 19:15 Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep; and an idle soul shall suffer hunger.

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said to him, What mean you, O …

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, …

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

Mark 14:37 And he comes, and finds them sleeping, and said to Peter, Simon, …

Luke 22:46 And said to them, Why sleep you? rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

Romans 13:11-14 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out …

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ …


Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.

Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour wherein …

Matthew 26:38,40,41 Then said he to them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even to death: …

Mark 13:34,35,37 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

Mark 14:38 Watch you and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly …

Luke 12:37,39 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he comes shall find …

Luke 21:36 Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy …

Luke 22:46 And said to them, Why sleep you? rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.

Acts 20:31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Ephesians 6:18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an …

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be you therefore sober, and …

Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready …

Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps …


1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate …

Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

1 Timothy 2:9,15 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, …

1 Timothy 3:2,11 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

Titus 2:6,12 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded…

1 Peter 1:13 Why gird up the loins of your mind, be sober…

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

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