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1 Thessalonians 5:8-10

Context
5:8 But since we are of the day, we must stay sober by putting on the breastplate 1  of faith and love and as a helmet our hope for salvation. 2  5:9 For God did not destine us for wrath 3  but for gaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:10 He died 4  for us so that whether we are alert or asleep 5  we will come to life together with him.

1 sn An allusion to Isa 59:17.

2 tn Grk “hope of salvation” (“a helmet…for salvation” is an allusion to Isa 59:17).

3 sn God did not destine us for wrath. In context this refers to the outpouring of God’s wrath on the earth in the day of the Lord (1 Thess 5:2-4).

4 tn Grk “the one who died,” describing Jesus Christ (1 Thess 5:9). Because of the length and complexity of the Greek sentence, a new sentence was started at the beginning of v. 10 in the translation.

5 sn The phrases alert or asleep may be understood (1) of moral alertness (living in faith, love, and hope as vv. 6, 8 call for, versus being unresponsive to God) or (2) of physical life and death (whether alive or dead). The first fits better with the context of 5:1-9, while the second returns to the point Paul started with in 4:13-18 (no disadvantage for the believing dead).



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