2 Thessalonians 3

Pray for Us

1Finally, brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 13
b  pray for us, that c  the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored
Or glorified
as happened among you,
2and e  that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For f  not all have faith. 3But g  the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and h  guard you against i  the evil one.
Or evil
4And k  we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5May the Lord l  direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

6Now we command you, brothers m  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ n  that you keep away from any o  brother p  who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7For you yourselves know q  how you ought to imitate us, because r  we were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but s  with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9It was t  not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves u  an example to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: v  If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11For we hear that some among you w  walk in idleness, not busy at work, but x  busybodies. 12Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
Greek to eat their own bread

13As for you, brothers, z  do not grow weary in doing good. 14If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and aa  have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 ab  Do not regard him as an enemy, but ac  warn him as a brother.

Benediction

16Now may ad  the Lord of peace himself ae  give you peace at all times in every way. af  The Lord be with you all.

17I, Paul, write ag  this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18 ah  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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