1 Thessalonians 5:7
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New International Version
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.

New Living Translation
Night is the time when people sleep and drinkers get drunk.

English Standard Version
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.

Berean Study Bible
For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.

Berean Literal Bible
For those sleeping, sleep by night; and those becoming drunk, get drunk by night.

New American Standard Bible
For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.

King James Bible
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

International Standard Version
For people who go to sleep, go to sleep at night; and people who get drunk, get drunk at night.

NET Bible
For those who sleep, sleep at night and those who get drunk are drunk at night.

New Heart English Bible
For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who are drunk are drunk at night.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People who sleep, sleep at night; people who get drunk, get drunk at night.

New American Standard 1977
For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For those that sleep in the night, and those that are drunken are drunken in the night.

King James 2000 Bible
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that are drunk are drunk in the night.

American King James Version
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

American Standard Version
For they that sleep sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunk, are drunk in the night.

Darby Bible Translation
for they that sleep sleep by night, and they that drink drink by night;

English Revised Version
For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunken, are drunken in the night.

Weymouth New Testament
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who drink freely, drink at night.

World English Bible
For those who sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night.

Young's Literal Translation
for those sleeping, by night do sleep, and those making themselves drunk, by night are drunken,
Study Bible
The Day of the Lord
6So then, let us not sleep as the others do, but let us remain awake and sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night; and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of our hope of salvation.…
Cross References
John 2:10
and said, "Everyone serves the fine wine first, and then the cheap wine after the guests are drunk. But you have saved the fine wine until now!"

Acts 2:15
These men are not drunk as you suppose. It is only the third hour of the day!

Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

2 Peter 2:13
The harm they will suffer is the wages of their wickedness. They consider it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their deception as they feast with you.
Treasury of Scripture

For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.

they that sleep.

Job 4:13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on men,

Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, …

Luke 21:34,35 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged …

Romans 13:13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, …

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 …

and they.

1 Samuel 25:36,37 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, …

Proverbs 23:29-35 Who has woe? who has sorrow? who has contentions? who has babbling? …

Isaiah 21:4,5 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure …

Daniel 5:4,5 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of …

Acts 2:15 For these are not drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third …

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count …

(7) They that sleep. . . .--As the connection of sleep with night has already been sufficiently worked out, and is not touched upon again in 1Thessalonians 5:8, the first clause seems only to be inserted for the sake of bringing out the second, and to justify the sudden introduction of the words, "and be sober." It may thus be paraphrased: "I say, 'and be sober too,' for as they that sleep in the night, so they that be drunken are drunken in the night." It is implied that the streets even of heathen Thessalonica were seldom affronted with the common English spectacle of drunken men by daylight; while among the Jews it was proof positive of sobriety to say, "It is but the third hour of the day" (Acts 2:15). In St. Cyprian's time, Christians were known from other men because their breath smelt of wine in the early morning through attending the Blessed Sacrament (Epistle lxiii. 15): no heathens would have touched wine by that time.

Verse 7. - For; the reason of this exhortation. They that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that are drunken are drunken in the night. Here not to be taken in a metaphorical sense, but a simple statement of fact - what occurs in ordinary experience. The night is the season in which sleep and drunkenness usually occur; whereas the day is the season of watchfulness, sobriety, and work. Both heathen and Jews considered it as eminently disgraceful for a man to be seen drunken in the day-time. Hence, when the Jews accused the believers on the day of Pentecost with being filled with new wine, Peter answered, "We are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day" (Acts 2:15). For they that sleep, sleep in the night,.... The night is the usual season for sleep, and sleep is only for such who are in darkness, and are children of the night; and not proper to be indulged by such who are children of the day, and of the light:

and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night; drunkenness is a work of darkness, and therefore men given to excessive drinking love darkness rather than light, and choose the night for their purpose. To be drunk at noon is so shameful and scandalous, that men who love the sin, and indulge themselves in it, take the night season for it; and equally shameful it is, that enlightened persons should be inebriated, either with the cares of this life, or with an over weening opinion of themselves. 7. This verse is to be taken in the literal sense. Night is the time when sleepers sleep, and drinking men are drunk. To sleep by day would imply great indolence; to be drunken by day, great shamelessness. Now, in a spiritual sense, "we Christians profess to be day people, not night people; therefore our work ought to be day work, not night work; our conduct such as will bear the eye of day, and such has no need of the veil of night" [Edmunds], (1Th 5:8).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.
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