NKJVNew King James Version
1Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus #1 Cor. 15:58that you should abound more and more, #Phil. 1:27; Col. 1:10just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God; 2for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
3For this is #(Rom. 12:2)the will of God, #Eph. 5:27your sanctification: #(1 Cor. 6:15–20; Col. 3:5)that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4#Rom. 6:19that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5#Col. 3:5not in passion of lust, #Eph. 4:17, 18like the Gentiles #1 Cor. 15:34who do not know God; 6that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord #2 Thess. 1:8is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7For God did not call us to uncleanness, #Lev. 11:44; (Heb. 12:14); 1 Pet. 1:14–16but in holiness. 8#Luke 10:16Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, #1 Cor. 2:10who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
A Brotherly and Orderly Life
9But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for #(Jer. 31:33, 34); John 6:45; 15:12, 17; (1 John 2:27)you yourselves are taught by God #Matt. 22:39to love one another; 10and indeed you do so toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, #1 Thess. 3:12that you increase more and more; 11that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, #2 Thess. 3:11; 1 Pet. 4:15to mind your own business, and #Acts 20:35to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, 12#Rom. 13:13; Col. 4:5; (1 Pet. 2:12)that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
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