3 Finally, brothers, carry on prayer for us,+ that the word of Jehovah*+ may keep moving speedily+ and being glorified just as it is in fact with YOU; 2 and that we may be delivered from harmful and wicked men,+ for faith is not a possession of all people.+ 3 But the Lord is faithful, and he will make YOU firm and keep YOU from the wicked one.+ 4 Moreover, we have confidence+ in [the] Lord regarding YOU, that YOU are doing and will go on doing the things we order.+ 5 May the Lord continue directing YOUR hearts successfully into the love+ of God and into the endurance+ for the Christ. 6 Now we are giving YOU orders,+ brothers, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to withdraw+ from every brother walking disorderly+ and not according to the tradition* YOU received from us.+ 7 For YOU yourselves know the way YOU ought to imitate us,+ because we did not behave disorderly among YOU+ 8 nor did we eat food from anyone free.+ To the contrary, by labor and toil+ night and day we were working so as not to impose an expensive burden upon any one of YOU.+ 9 Not that we do not have authority,+ but in order that we might offer ourselves as an example to YOU to imitate us.+ 10 In fact, also, 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 certain ones are walking disorderly+ among YOU, not working at all but meddling with what does not concern them.+ 12 To such persons we give the order and exhortation in [the] Lord Jesus Christ that by working with quietness they should eat food they themselves earn.+ 13 For YOUR part, brothers, do not give up in doing right.+ 14 But if anyone is not obedient to our word+ through this letter, keep this one marked,*+ stop associating with* him,+ that he may become ashamed.+ 15 And yet do not be considering him as an enemy, but continue admonishing*+ him as a brother. 16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give YOU peace constantly in every way.+ 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.
^ See App 1D.
^ Or, “instruction.”
^ Lit., “be you putting sign on.”
^ Lit., “not to mix up selves with.”
^ Lit., “be you putting mind in.”