2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

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Introduction

THIS chapter is made up of exhortations and directions in regard to the performance of various Christian duties.

(1.) The apostle asks their prayers, (1f). He desires them to pray particularly that the true religion might be prospered, and that in preaching the gospel, he might be delivered from the opposition of unreasonable and wicked men.

(2.) He expresses confidence that God would incline them to do what was right, and prays that he would keep their hearts in his love, and in patient waiting for the Saviour, (3ff).

(3.) He commands them to remove from their number those who were disorderly, and especially those who were idle; and addresses an earnest exhortation to this class, that they would be diligently engaged in the prosecution of the business of their appropriate callings, (6ff).

(4.) He exhorts them not to be weary in doing well, (13).

(5.) He directs that if any one should not obey the commands given in this epistle, he should be noted, and they were to separate themselves from him. Yet they were not to regard him as an enemy, but to admonish him as a brother, (14f).

(6.) The epistle closes with the usual salutations, (16ff).

Text

1: Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: edit

2: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. edit

3: But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. edit

4: And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. edit

5: And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. edit

6: Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. edit

7: For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; edit

8: Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: edit

9: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. edit

10: For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. edit

11: For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. edit

12: Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. edit

13: But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. edit

14: And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. edit

15: Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. edit

16: Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. edit

17: The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. edit

18: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. edit

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