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1Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread quickly and be glorified—just as it is with you.
2Also pray that we may be rescued from perverse and evil people, for not all are trustworthy.
3But the Lord is trustworthy—and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
4We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will keep doing what we command.
5May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Messiah.
No Time to Be Lazy
6Now we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, to keep away from every brother who behaves irresponsibly and not according to the tradition they received from us.
7For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, for we did not behave inappropriately among you.
8And we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but worked night and day with labor and hardship, so as not to burden any of you.
9It wasn’t that we had no right, but rather to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.
10For even when we were with you, we would give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
11For we hear that some among you are behaving irresponsibly—not busy, but busybodies.
12Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Messiah Yeshua to work in a quiet demeanor, so they may eat their own bread.
13But as for you, brothers, do not grow weary of doing good.
14If anyone does not obey our message in this letter, take special note of him and do not associate with him, so that he may be put to shame.
15Yet do not consider him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
Final Words
16Now may the Lord of shalom Himself give you shalom at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all!
17The greeting is in my own hand—Paul’s. It is a sign in every letter—in this way I write.
18The grace of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah be with you all.
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