Pray for the triumph of the gospel cause—Paul preaches the gospel of work—Be not weary in well-doing.
1 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord amay have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
2 And that we may be delivered from aunreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from aevil.
4 And we have aconfidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord adirect your hearts into the blove of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye awithdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh bdisorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to afollow us: for we bbehaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread afor nought; but wrought with blabour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
9 Not because we have not apower, but to make ourselves an bensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not awork, neither should he eat.
11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you adisorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own abread.
13 But ye, brethren, be not aweary in well doing.
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.
15 Yet count him not as an aenemy, but badmonish him as a cbrother.
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with mine own ahand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
¶ The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.*