Warning Against Idleness

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,(A) we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from(B) every believer who is idle and disruptive(C) and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us.(D)

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or tradition

10 For even when we were with you,(A) we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work(B) shall not eat.”

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.(C) 12 Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ(D) to settle down and earn the food they eat.(E) 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.(F)

14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them,(G) in order that they may feel ashamed.(H) 15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.(I)

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