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2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (Today's New International Version)

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Warning Against Idleness

6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,1 we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from2 every believer who is idle and disruptive3 and does not live according to the teachinga you received from us.4 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example.5 We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked6 night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help,7 but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.8 10 For even when we were with you,9 we gave you this rule: "Anyone who is unwilling to work10 shall not eat." 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.11 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ12 to settle down and earn the bread they eat.13 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.14 14 Take special note of those who do not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them,15 in order that they may feel ashamed.16 15 Yet do not regard them as enemies, but warn them as fellow believers.17
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