2 Thessalonians 3

Pray for Us

1 Finally, brethren, a pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and b that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; c for not all have faith. 3 But d the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and e guard you from the evil one. 4 And f we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you. 5 Now may g the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

6 But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, h that you withdraw i from every brother who walks j disorderly and not according to the tradition which 1 he received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread 2 free of charge, but worked with k labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, 9 not because we do not have l authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are m busybodies. 12 Now those who are such we command and 3 exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ n that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.

13 But as for you, brethren, o do not grow weary in doing good. 14 And if anyone does not obey our word in this 4 epistle, note that person and p do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 q Yet do not count him as an enemy, r but 5 admonish him as a brother.


16 Now may s the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.

17 t The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every 6 epistle; so I write. 18 u The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

  1. Cross References
    Ephesians 6:19
    And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel.
  2. Cross References
    Romans 15:31
    That I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints.
  3. Cross References
    Acts 28:24
    And some were persuaded by the things which were spoken, and some disbelieved.
  4. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 1:9
    God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
    1 Thessalonians 5:24
    He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
  5. Cross References
    John 17:15
    I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.
  6. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 7:16
    Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.
  7. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 29:18
    O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep this forever in the intent of the thoughts of the heart of Your people, and fix their heart toward You.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 16:17
    Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
  9. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 5:1
    It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles - that a man has his father's wife!
  10. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 4:11
    That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.
  11. Cross References
    1 Thessalonians 2:9
    For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
  12. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 9:4
    Do we have no right to eat and drink?
    1 Corinthians 9:6 - 14
    Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
  13. Cross References
    1 Timothy 5:13
    And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.
    1 Peter 4:15
    But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters.
  14. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:28
    Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.
    1 Thessalonians 4:11
    That you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.
    1 Thessalonians 4:12
    That you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
  15. Cross References
    2 Corinthians 4:1
    Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.
    Galatians 6:9
    And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
  16. Cross References
    Matthew 18:17
    And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
  17. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:17
    You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him.
  18. Cross References
    Titus 3:10
    Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition.
  19. Cross References
    John 14:27
    Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
    Romans 15:33
    Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
    Philippians 4:9
    The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
  20. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 16:21
    The salutation with my own hand - Paul's.
  21. Cross References
    Romans 16:20
    And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
    Romans 16:24
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
    1 Thessalonians 5:28
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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