2 For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

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4 that each of you should learn to control your own bodya in a way that is holy and honorable,

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    • e 4:4 - Or "learn to live with your own wife" ; or "learn to acquire a wife"
      5 not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;

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      6 and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister.b The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.

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        • f 4:6 - The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family.
          7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

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          8 Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit.

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          9 Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.

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          10 And in fact, you do love all of God’s family throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more,

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          11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,

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          12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

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