1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as in your own case, 2 and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men ??for the faith is not held by all. 3 However, the Lord is faithful; he will be sure to strengthen you and protect you from the Evil one. 4 Now, we rely on you in the Lord, confident that you do and will do what we enjoin. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts towards God's love and towards Christ's patience!
6 Brothers, we charge you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to shun any brother who is loafing, instead of following the rule you got from us. 7 For you know quite well how to copy us; we did not loaf in your midst, 8 we did not take free meals from anyone; no, toiling hard at our trade, we worked night and day, so as not to be a burden to any of you. 9 Not that we have no right to such support; it was simply to give you a pattern to copy. 10 We used to charge you even when we were with you, 'If a man will not work, he shall not eat.' 11 But we are informed that some of your number are loafing, busybodies instead of busy. 12 Now in the Lord Jesus Christ we charge and exhort such persons to keep quiet, to do their work and earn their own living. 13 As for yourselves, brothers, never grow tired of doing what is right.
14 Only, if anyone will not obey our orders in this letter, mark that man, do not associate with him ??that will make him feel ashamed! 15 You are not to treat him as an enemy, but to put him under discipline, as a brother.