Comparing 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 GW

It was not God’s intention that we experience his anger but that we obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake in this life or asleep in death, we will live together with him.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever.
New Living Translation (NLT)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him!
The Message (MSG)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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