5:9 For God did not destine us for wrath 1 but for gaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:10 He died 2 for us so that whether we are alert or asleep 3 we will come to life together with him. 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing.
2 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.
3 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).