2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.