The Second to the Thessalonians
3 Finally, brothers, carry on prayer for us,+ that the word of Jehovah may keep spreading rapidly+ and being glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be rescued from harmful and wicked men,+ for faith is not a possession of all people.+ 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the wicked one.+ 4 Moreover, we have confidence in the Lord regarding you, that you are carrying out and will go on carrying out our instructions. 5 May the Lord continue to guide your hearts successfully to the love of God+ and to the endurance+ for the Christ.
6 Now we are giving you instructions, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw from every brother who is walking disorderly+ and not according to the tradition that you* received from us.+ 7 For you yourselves know how you should imitate us,+ because we did not behave in a disorderly way among you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food free.+ On the contrary, by labor and toil we were working night and day so as not to impose an expensive burden on any one of you.+ 9 Not that we do not have authority,+ but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.+ 10 In fact, when we were with you, we used to give you this order: “If anyone does not want to work, neither let him eat.”+ 11 For we hear that some are walking disorderly among you,+ not working at all, but meddling with what does not concern them.+ 12 To such people we give the order and exhortation in the Lord Jesus Christ that they should work quietly and eat food they themselves earn.+
13 For your part, brothers, do not give up in doing good.+ 14 But if anyone is not obedient to our word through this letter, keep this one marked and stop associating with him,+ so that he may become ashamed. 15 And yet do not consider him an enemy, but continue admonishing him+ as a brother.
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace constantly in every way.+ May the Lord be with all of you.
17 Here is my greeting, Paul’s, in my own hand,+ which is a sign in every letter; this is the way I write.
18 The undeserved kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.