Stand Firm

13 But we ought always to thank God for you,(A) brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits[a](B) to be saved(C) through the sanctifying work of the Spirit(D) and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you(E) to this through our gospel,(F) that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm(G) and hold fast to the teachings[b] we passed on to you,(H) whether by word of mouth or by letter.

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father,(I) who loved us(J) and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage(K) your hearts and strengthen(L) you in every good deed and word.

Request for Prayer

As for other matters, brothers and sisters,(M) pray for us(N) that the message of the Lord(O) may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.(P) And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people,(Q) for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful,(R) and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.(S) We have confidence(T) in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts(U) into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.


  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 Some manuscripts because from the beginning God chose you
  2. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 Or traditions

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