2 Thessalonians 3:7-17 NIV

7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example.1 We were not idle when we were with you,

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      8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked2 night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

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      9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,3 but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.4

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      10 For even when we were with you,5 we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work,6 he shall not eat."

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      11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.7

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      12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ8 to settle down and earn the bread they eat.9

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      13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.10

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      14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him,11 in order that he may feel ashamed.12

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          15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.13

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          Final Greetings

          16 Now may the Lord of peace14 himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.15

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          17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand,16 which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.

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