2 Thessalonians 3

Pray for Us

1 Finally, brethren, a pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and b that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; c for not all have faith. 3 But d the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and e guard you from the evil one. 4 And f we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. 5 Now may g the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, h that you withdraw i from every brother who walks j disorderly and not according to the tradition which 1 he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread 2 free of charge, but worked with k labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have l authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are m busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and 3 exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ n that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

13 But as for you, brethren, o do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this 4 epistle, note that person and p do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 q Yet do not count him as an enemy, r but 5 admonish him as a brother.

Benediction

16 Now may s the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

17 t The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every 6 epistle; so I write. 18 u The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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