Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard1 among you, who are over you in the Lord 2 and who admonish you.
Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.314
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle,4 encourage the timid, help the weak,5 be patient with everyone.
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,6 but always try to be kind to each other7 and to everyone else.
Be joyful always;817
give thanks in all circumstances,10 for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not put out the Spirit's fire;1120
do not treat prophecies12 with contempt.
Test everything.13 Hold on to the good.1422
Avoid every kind of evil.
May God himself, the God of peace,15 sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul16 and body be kept blameless17 at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.1824
The one who calls19 you is faithful20 and he will do it.2125
Brothers, pray for us.2226
Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.2327
I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers.2428
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.25