2 Thessalonians 3 Jubilee Bible 2000 (JUB)
3 ¶ Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you,
2 And that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked men, for the faith is not of everyone.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall confirm you and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord regarding you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord make your hearts upright in the charity of God and in the hope of the Christ.
6 ¶ Now we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walks out of order, and not after the doctrine which ye received of us.
7 For you know in what manner you ought to imitate us, for we did not walk disorderly among you,
8 neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought, but working with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you,
9 Not because we did not have authority, but to give you an example that you might imitate us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we declared unto you, that if anyone desires not to work neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you out of order, not working at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now those that are such, we charge and exhort in our Lord Jesus Christ, that working with quietness, they eat their bread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
14 And if anyone does not hearken unto our word by this epistle, note that one and do not join with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16 ¶ Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by every means. The Lord be with you all.
17 Receive saving health from my hand, Paul, which is the sign in all my letters: so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
2 Thessalonians 3 New International Version (NIV)
Request for Prayer
3 As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. 2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 4 We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.
Warning Against Idleness
6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
17 I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.