Finally, brothers,1 pray for us2 that the message of the Lord 3 may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.42
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men,5 for not everyone has faith.
But the Lord is faithful,6 and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.74
We have confidence8 in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
May the Lord direct your hearts9 into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,10 we command you, brothers, to keep away from11 every brother who is idle12 and does not live according to the teachinga you received from us.137
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example.14 We were not idle when we were with you,
nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked15 night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,16 but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.1710
For even when we were with you,18 we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work,19 he shall not eat."
We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.2012
Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ21 to settle down and earn the bread they eat.2213
And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.2314
If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him,24 in order that he may feel ashamed.2515
Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.26
Now may the Lord of peace27 himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.2817
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand,29 which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.30