2 Thessalonians 3:8-18 NIV

8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked1 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,2 but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.3

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10 For even when we were with you,4 we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work,5 he shall not eat."

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11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.6

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12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ7 to settle down and earn the bread they eat.8

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13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.9

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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,10 in order that he may feel ashamed.11

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      15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.12

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      Final Greetings

      16 Now may the Lord of peace13 himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.14

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      17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand,15 which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.

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      18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.16

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