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2 Thessalonians 3 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 One more thing, friends: Pray for us. Pray that the Master's Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response, just as it did among you. 1 Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.
2 And pray that we'll be rescued from these scoundrels who are trying to do us in. I'm finding that not all "believers" are believers. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.
3 But the Master never lets us down. He'll stick by you and protect you from evil. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
4 Because of the Master, we have great confidence in you. We know you're doing everything we told you and will continue doing it. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
5 May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God's love and Christ's endurance. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
6 Our orders - backed up by the Master, Jesus - are to refuse to have anything to do with those among you who are lazy and refuse to work the way we taught you. Don't permit them to freeload on the rest. 6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.
7 We showed you how to pull your weight when we were with you, so get on with it. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
8 We didn't sit around on our hands expecting others to take care of us. In fact, we worked our fingers to the bone, up half the night moonlighting so you wouldn't be burdened with taking care of us. 8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
9 And it wasn't because we didn't have a right to your support; we did. We simply wanted to provide an example of diligence, hoping it would prove contagious. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to follow.
10 Don't you remember the rule we had when we lived with you? "If you don't work, you don't eat." 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
11 And now we're getting reports that a bunch of lazy good-for-nothings are taking advantage of you. 11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
12 This must not be tolerated. We command them to get to work immediately - no excuses, no arguments - and earn their own keep. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
13 Friends, don't slack off in doing your duty. 13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
14 If anyone refuses to obey our clear command written in this letter, don't let him get by with it. Point out such a person and refuse to subsidize his freeloading. Maybe then he'll think twice. 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.
15 But don't treat him as an enemy. Sit him down and talk about the problem as someone who cares. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
16 May the Master of Peace himself give you the gift of getting along with each other at all times, in all ways. May the Master be truly among you! 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
17 I, Paul, bid you good-bye in my own handwriting. I do this in all my letters, so examine my signature as proof that the letter is genuine. 17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
18 The incredible grace of our Master, Jesus Christ, be with all of you! 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.