Exhortations and Blessings

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to give recognition(A) to those who labor among you and lead you[a] in the Lord and admonish you, 13 and to regard them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace(B) among yourselves. 14 And we exhort you, brothers and sisters:(C) warn those who are idle,[b] comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient(D) with everyone. 15 See to it that no one repays evil for evil(E) to anyone,(F) but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.(G) 16 Rejoice(H) always, 17 pray constantly, 18 give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will(I) for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Don’t stifle the Spirit. 20 Don’t despise prophecies, 21 but test all things.(J) Hold on to what is good. 22 Stay away(K) from every kind of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace(L) himself sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit,(M) soul, and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming(N) of our Lord(O) Jesus Christ.(P) 24 He who calls(Q) you(R) is faithful; he will do it. 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us also. 26 Greet all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the brothers and sisters.(S) 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:12 Or care for you
  2. 5:14 Or who are disorderly, or who are undisciplined

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