Finally, dear brothers and sisters, a I ask you to pray for us. Pray first that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.
Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord.
But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one. b4
And we are confident in the Lord that you are practicing the things we commanded you, and that you always will.
May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian c who lives in idleness and doesn't follow the tradition of hard work we gave you.
For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you.
We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
It wasn't that we didn't have the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.
Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: "Whoever does not work should not eat."
Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people's business.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)