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2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you [a]keep away from every brother who [b]leads an [c]unruly life and not according to the tradition which [d]you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to [e]follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat [f]anyone’s bread [g]without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would [h]follow our example. 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. 11 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary of doing good.

14 If anyone does not obey our [i]instruction [j]in this letter, take special note of that person [k]and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but [l]admonish him as a brother.


  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or avoid
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Lit walks disorderly
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or undisciplined
  4. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 One early ms reads they
  5. 2 Thessalonians 3:7 Lit imitate us
  6. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit from anyone
  7. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit freely
  8. 2 Thessalonians 3:9 Lit imitate us
  9. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit word
  10. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit through
  11. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit not to associate
  12. 2 Thessalonians 3:15 Or keep admonishing
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