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2 Thessalonians 3

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Paul craves their prayers for himself;

3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;

3:2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith.

testifies what confidence he has in them;

3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one.

3:4 We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things we command.

makes request to God in their behalf;

3:5 May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

gives them divers precepts, especially to shun idleness, and ill company;

3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.

3:7 For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didnít behave ourselves rebelliously among you,

3:8 neither did we eat bread from anyoneís hand without paying for it, but in labor and travail worked night and day, that we might not burden any of you;

3:9 not because we donít have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.

3:10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: ďIf anyone will not work, neither let him eat.Ē

3:11 For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who donít work at all, but are busybodies.

3:12 Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

3:13 But you, brothers, donít be weary in doing well.

3:14 If any man doesnít obey our word in this letter, note that man, that you have no company with him, to the end that he may be ashamed.

3:15 Donít count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

and then concludes with prayer and salutation.

3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.

3:17 The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write.

3:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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