Old Testament

2 Thessalonians 3
Pray for Us
31Finally, brothers, pray for us so that the word of the Lord may spread quickly and be glorified just as it was among you. 2Pray also that we may be rescued from evil and wicked people. For not everyone has faith. 3Still, the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and protect you from the Evil One. 4We also have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we are telling you. 5May the Lord continue to direct your hearts to God's love and Christ's patient endurance.
Warnings Against Idleness
6We instruct you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to avoid every brother who is walking idly and not in accordance with the teaching that you received from us. 7In fact, you yourselves know how necessary it is for you to imitate us, because we were not idle among you. 8We never ate anyone's bread without paying for it. Instead, with labor and hardship we worked night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9This was not because we lacked authority, but to provide an example for you to imitate. 10In fact, when we were with you, this was our command to you: If anyone does not want to work, he should not eat. 11Indeed, we hear that some among you are idle, not busy working, but being busybodies. 12In the Lord Jesus Christ, we command and urge these people to work quietly and eat their own bread.
13But you, brothers, do not grow weary of doing good. 14And if anyone does not obey our word in this letter, take note of him so that you do not associate with him, in order that he may be put to shame. 15Yet do not consider him an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17This greeting is written by me, Paul, with my own hand. This is a distinguishing sign of how I write in every letter.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.