We didn't eat anyone's food without paying for it. In fact, it was just the opposite. We worked night and day. We worked very hard so that we wouldn't cause any expense to any of you.
We worked, even though we have the right to receive help from you. We did it in order to be a model for you to follow.
Even when we were with you, we gave you a rule. We said, "Anyone who will not work will not eat."
We hear that some people among you don't want to work. They aren't really busy. Instead, they are bothering others.
We belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. So we strongly command people like that to settle down. They have to earn the food they eat.
Brothers and sisters, don't ever get tired of doing the right thing.
Keep an eye on anyone who doesn't obey the directions in our letter. Watch that person closely. Have nothing to do with him. Then he will feel ashamed.
But don't think of him as an enemy. Instead, warn him as a brother or sister.
May the Lord who gives peace give you peace at all times and in every way. May the Lord be with all of you.
I, Paul, write this greeting in my own handwriting. That's how I prove that I am the author of all my letters. I always do it that way.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.