2 Thessalonians 3:1-18 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters, 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. 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 Pray, too, that we will be saved from wicked and evil people, for not everyone believes in the Lord. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from the evil one. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
4 And we are confident in the Lord that you are practicing the things we commanded you, and that you always will. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.
5 May the Lord bring you into an ever deeper understanding of the love of God and the endurance that comes from Christ. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.
6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command with the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from any Christian who lives in idleness and doesn't follow the tradition of hard work we gave you. 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 For you know that you ought to follow our example. We were never lazy when we were with you. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,
8 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. 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 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. 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 Even while we were with you, we gave you this rule: "Whoever does not work should not 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 Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and wasting time meddling in other people's business. 11 We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies.
12 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we appeal to such people -- no, we command them: Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat.
13 And I say to the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good. 13 And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.
14 Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. 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 Don't think of them as enemies, but speak to them as you would to a Christian who needs to be warned. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
16 May the Lord of peace himself always give you his peace no matter what happens. The Lord be with you all. 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 Now here is my greeting, which I write with my own hand -- PAUL. I do this at the end of all my letters to prove that they really are from me. 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 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.