2 Thessalonians 3

Pray for Us

1Finally, brothers,
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 13
bpray for us, that cthe word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored,
Or glorified
as happened among you,
2and ethat we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For fnot all have faith. 3But gthe Lord is faithful. He will establish you and hguard you against ithe evil one.
Or evil
4And kwe have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5May the Lord ldirect your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

6Now we command you, brothers, min the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, nthat you keep away from any obrother pwho is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7For you yourselves know qhow you ought to imitate us, because rwe were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but swith toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9It was tnot because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves uan example to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: vIf anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11For we hear that some among you wwalk in idleness, not busy at work, but xbusybodies. 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, zdo not grow weary in doing good. 14If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and aahave nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 abDo not regard him as an enemy, but acwarn him as a brother.


16Now may adthe Lord of peace himself aegive you peace at all times in every way. afThe Lord be with you all.

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

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