Main point summary
Keep these two commands: Pray for us and stay away from idle brothers.
2 Thessalonians 3:1-15
Finally, brothers, 1 j pray for us,
that k the word of the Lord may speed ahead
and be honored, 2
as happened among you,
and l that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men.
For m not all have faith.
But n the Lord is faithful.
He will establish you
and o guard you against p the evil one. 1
And q we have confidence in the Lord about you,
that you are doing
and will do the things that we command.
May the Lord r direct your hearts
to the love of God
and to the steadfastness of Christ.
Now we command you, brothers,
s in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
t that you keep away from any u brother
v who is walking in idleness
and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
For you yourselves know
w how you ought to imitate us,
because x we were not idle
when we were with you,
nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it,
but y with toil and labor we worked night and day,
that we might not be a burden to any of you.
It was z not because we do not have that right,
but to give you in ourselves a an example to imitate.
For even when we were with you,
we would give you this command:
b If anyone is not willing to work,
let him not eat.
For we hear
that some among you c walk in idleness,
not busy at work,
but d busybodies.
Now such persons we command
and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ
to do their work quietly
and to earn their own living. 1
As for you, brothers, e do not grow weary in doing good.
If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter,
take note of that person,
and f have nothing to do with him,
that he may be ashamed.
g Do not regard him as an enemy,
but h warn him as a brother.
This is a wordplay contrasting the nature of unbelievers and the Lord.
Pray that the Lord's Word would be successful, and that the Lord would protect us.
The Lord is faithful who will strengthen and protect you.
Therefore, we are confident in the Lord about your obedience and we pray that the Lord will move you to love him and endure like him.
You pray for the success and honor of the Lord's word; we are confident you will do this because of the Lord's faithfulness.
You know how to imitate us, because of our example of working hard when we were with you.
We command you to keep away from idle brothers.
We have heard that some of you are idle, and so we command you to keep away from idle brothers because you know you should imitate us and obey our command.
Some of you are walking in idleness, but the rest of you must continue doing good.
If anyone won't obey these words, avoid them.