Pray for Us
1Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you, # 1Th 2:13 2and that we may be delivered # Mt 27:43; Rm 15:31 from wicked and evil men, for not all have faith. # Or for the faith is not in everyone 3But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one. # Mt 5:37; 6:13; 13:19,38; Jn 17:15; Eph 6:16; 1Jn 2:13-14; 3:12; 5:18-19 4We have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do what we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts to God’s love and Christ’s endurance. # Rm 15:5; Rv 13:10
Warning against Irresponsible Behavior
6Now we command you, brothers, in the name # Jn 14:13; Ac 3:16; 15:14; Php 2:10 of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother # Mt 18:17; 1Co 5:11; 2Tm 3:5; 2Jn 10 who walks irresponsibly and not according to the tradition # Mk 7:3 received # Jd 3 from us. 7For you yourselves know how you must imitate # 3Jn 11 us: We were not irresponsible among you; 8we did not eat # 1Co 10:25 anyone’s food # Or bread free of charge; # 1Th 2:7 instead, we labored # Rv 14:13 and struggled, # 2Co 11:27; 1Th 2:9 working # Ac 18:3; Eph 4:28; 2Jn 8 night and day, so that we would not be a burden # 2Co 2:5; 1Th 2:9 to any of you. 9It is not that we don’t have the right # Mk 1:22; Ac 9:14; Rm 13:1; 1Co 9:4-14 to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate # Heb 8:5 us. 10In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.” # 1Th 4:11 11For we hear that there are some among you who walk irresponsibly, not working at all, but interfering with the work of others. # 1Tm 5:13 12Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ that quietly working, they may eat their own food. # Or bread 13Brothers, do not grow weary # Lk 18:1; 2Co 4:1,16; Gl 6:9; Eph 3:13 in doing good.
14And if anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don’t associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15Yet don’t treat him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
16May the Lord of peace # 1Th 5:23 Himself give you peace always in every way. # Nm 6:26; Eph 6:23 The Lord be with all of you. # Rm 15:33; 1Co 16:24; 2Co 13:13; Ti 3:15; Heb 13:25 17This greeting is in my own hand # 1Co 16:21 — Paul. This is a sign in every letter; this is how I write. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.