And now, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the Lord's teaching will continue to spread quickly and that people will give honor to that teaching, just as happened with you.
And pray that we will be protected from stubborn and evil people, because not all people believe.
But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and will protect you from the Evil One.
The Lord makes us feel sure that you are doing and will continue to do the things we told you.
May the Lord lead your hearts into God's love and Christ's patience.
Brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ we command you to stay away from any believer who refuses to work and does not follow the teaching we gave you.
You yourselves know that you should live as we live. We were not lazy when we were with you.
And when we ate another person's food, we always paid for it. We worked very hard night and day so we would not be an expense to any of you.
We had the right to ask you to help us, but we worked to take care of ourselves so we would be an example for you to follow.
When we were with you, we gave you this rule: "Anyone who refuses to work should not eat."