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Pray for Us
1Finally, brethren, #Eph. 6:19pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2and #Rom. 15:31that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; #Acts 28:24for not all have faith.
3But #1 Cor. 1:91 Thess. 5:24the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and #John 17:15guard you from the evil one. 4And #2 Cor. 7:16we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.
5Now may #1 Chr. 29:18the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
Warning Against Idleness
6But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, #Rom. 16:17that you withdraw #1 Cor. 5:1from every brother who walks #1 Thess. 4:11disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with #1 Thess. 2:9labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9not because we do not have #1 Cor. 9:4authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
10For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are #1 Tim. 5:131 Pet. 4:15busybodies. 12Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ #Eph. 4:281 Thess. 4:1112that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
13But as for you, brethren, #2 Cor. 4:1Gal. 6:9do not grow weary in doing good. 14And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and #Matt. 18:17do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15#Lev. 19:17Yet do not count him as an enemy, #Titus 3:10but admonish him as a brother.
Benediction
16Now may #John 14:27Rom. 15:33Phil. 4:9the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17#1 Cor. 16:21The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle; so I write.
18#Rom. 16:20241 Thess. 5:28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
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