2 Thessalonians 31 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly, and be glorified, even as it did with you: 2 And that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men: for not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord regarding you, that you are doing and will continue to do the things which we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the steadfastness of Christ. 6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who is idle and does not walk according to the tradition which you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us: for we were not idle among you; 8 Nor did we eat any man's bread without paying; but with labour and toil we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you: 9 Not because we do not have the right, but to make ourselves an example for you to follow. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: if any will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some among you who walk in idleness, not working at all, mere busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that they work quietly, and eat their own bread. 13 But you, brethren, do not be weary in doing good. 14 And if any man will not obey our instruction in this letter, note that man, and do not associate with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet do not count him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother. 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace always in all ways. The Lord be with you all. 17 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand, which is the mark of all my letters: this is the way I write. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
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