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2 Thessalonians 3:6-16 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)

And we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw yourselves from every brother disorderly walking, and not after the deliverance that ye received from us,

for yourselves have known how it behoveth [you] to imitate us, because we did not act disorderly among you;

nor for nought did we eat bread of any one, but in labour and in travail, night and day working, not to be chargeable to any of you;

not because we have not authority, but that ourselves a pattern we might give to you, to imitate us;

10 for even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any one is not willing to work, neither let him eat,

11 for we hear of certain walking among you disorderly, nothing working, but over working,

12 and such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness working, their own bread they may eat;

13 and ye, brethren, may ye not be weary doing well,

14 and if any one do not obey our word through the letter, this one note ye, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed,

15 and as an enemy count [him] not, but admonish ye [him] as a brother;

16 and may the Lord of the peace Himself give to you the peace always in every way; the Lord [is] with you all!

2 Thessalonians 3:6-16 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Idleness

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. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 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. 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.

Final Greetings

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.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or tradition
New International Version (NIV)

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