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2 Thessalonians 3:5-15 (New International Version)

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5 May the Lord direct your hearts1 into God's love and Christ's perseverance.

Warning Against Idleness

6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,2 we command you, brothers, to keep away from3 every brother who is idle4 and does not live according to the teachinga you received from us.5 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example.6 We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked7 night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,8 but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.9 10 For even when we were with you,10 we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work,11 he shall not eat." 11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.12 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ13 to settle down and earn the bread they eat.14 13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.15 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him,16 in order that he may feel ashamed.17 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.18
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