2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (Common English Bible)

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Discipline for the undisciplined

6 Brothers and sisters, we command you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to stay away from every brother or sister who lives an undisciplined life that is not in line with the traditions that you received from us. 7 You yourselves know how you need to imitate us because we were not undisciplined when we were with you. 8 We didn't eat anyone's food without paying for it. Instead, we worked night and day with effort and hard work so that we would not impose on you. 9 We did this to give you an example to imitate, not because we didn't have a right to insist on financial support. 10 Even when we were with you we were giving you this command: "If anyone doesn't want to work, they shouldn't eat." 11 We hear that some of you are living an undisciplined life. They aren't working, but they are meddling in other people's business. 12 By the Lord Jesus Christ, we command and encourage such people to work quietly and put their own food on the table. 13 Brothers and sisters, don't get discouraged in doing what is right. 14 Take note of anyone who doesn't obey what we have said in this letter. Don't associate with them so they will be ashamed of themselves. 15 Don't treat them like enemies, but warn them like you would do for a brother or sister.
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