11 and to make it your ambition (A)to lead a quiet life and (B)attend to your own business and (C)work with your hands, just as we commanded you,

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nor did we (A)eat [a]anyone’s bread [b]without paying for it, but with (B)labor and hardship we kept (C)working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit from anyone
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit freely

11 For we hear that some among you are (A)leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like (B)busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and (C)exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to (D)work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread. 13 But as for you, (E)brethren, (F)do not grow weary of doing good.

14 If anyone does not obey our [a]instruction [b](G)in this letter, take special note of that person [c](H)and do not associate with him, so that he will be (I)put to shame. 15 Yet (J)do not regard him as an enemy, but [d](K)admonish him as a (L)brother.

16 Now (M)may the Lord of peace (N)Himself continually grant you peace in every [e]circumstance. (O)The Lord be with you all!

17 [f]I, Paul, write this greeting (P)with my own hand, and this is a distinguishing mark in every letter; this is the way I write. 18 (Q)The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit word
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit through
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:14 Lit not to associate
  4. 2 Thessalonians 3:15 Or keep admonishing
  5. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 Lit way
  6. 2 Thessalonians 3:17 Lit The greeting by my hand of Paul

(A)This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I (B)want you to speak confidently, so that those who have (C)believed God will be careful to (D)engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men.

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14 (A)Our people must also learn to (B)engage in good [a]deeds to meet (C)pressing needs, so that they will not be (D)unfruitful.

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Footnotes

  1. Titus 3:14 Or occupations

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