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2 Thessalonians 3:12-14 The Passion Translation (TPT)

12 So with the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ, we order them to go back to work in an orderly fashion and exhort them to earn their own living.[a] 13 Brothers and sisters, don’t ever grow weary in doing what is right.[b]

14 Take special note of anyone who won’t obey what we have written and stay away from them, so that they would be ashamed and get turned around.[c]


  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 Or “eat their own bread.”
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 Doing right in this context is not growing tired of honest work. The Hebrew word for “work” (avodah) is the same Hebrew word (a homonym) for worship. Our work can be a form of worship. Our lives are to be a seamless expression of offering to God all of our activities as things we do with all our might for the glory of God.
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 The passive Greek verb entropē means “to be turned” (around); that is, to be changed. This was not punishment but an attempt to draw wayward individuals into repentance and bring them back into restored fellowship with the church.
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