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2 Thessalonians 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Pray for Us

Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:1 - Finally, brothers,[fn] pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored,[fn] as happened among you,
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:2 - and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:3 - But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:4 - And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:5 - May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:6 - Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:7 - For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:8 - nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:9 - It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:10 - For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:11 - For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:12 - Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:13 - As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:14 - If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:15 - Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.


Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:16 - Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:17 - I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
Unchecked Copy Box2Th 3:18 - The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 13
Or glorified
Or evil
Greek to eat their own bread

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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