Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing—for that would be harmful to you.
Pray for us; we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things.
I urge you all the more to do this, so that I may be restored to you very soon.
Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us a that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, b bear with my word of exhortation, for I have written to you briefly.
I want you to know that our brother Timothy has been set free; and if he comes in time, he will be with me when I see you.
Greet all your leaders and all the saints. Those from Italy send you greetings.
Grace be with all of you. c
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