nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but 1with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you.
It was 2not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves 3an example to imitate.
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: 4If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.
For we hear that some among you 5walk in idleness, not busy at work, but 6busybodies.
Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.a13
As for you, brothers, 7do not grow weary in doing good.
If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and 8have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.
159Do not regard him as an enemy, but 10warn him as a brother.
Now may 11the Lord of peace himself 12give you peace at all times in every way. 13The Lord be with you all.
I, Paul, write 14this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write.
1815The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.