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Now, for our part, brothers, dearly loved by the Lord, it is our duty to keep giving thanks always for you, because God chose you from the beginning for salvation through devotion produced by the Spirit and through faith in the truth. And he called you to this by means of the Good News which we brought you, so that you might obtain the glorious condition of our Lord Jesus Christ. So, then, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the instructions which we gave you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

And, now, may our Lord Jesus Christ him

self, And God our Father, who loved us, And, in his favor, gave us unfailing encour

agement and a generous hope, Give you hearty encouragement and strengthen

you In the performance of every generous word

and deed.

In conclusion, brothers, pray for us, so that the Lord's message may spread rapidly and be received with honor just as it is among you, and so that we may be rescued from bad and wicked men. For it is not every one who accepts the faith.

Now the Lord is to be relied on, and he will





strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. And, as for you, we trust in the Lord that you are now doing and will continue to do as we direct you.

May the Lord lead you into a hearty love for God and to such endurance as belongs to the Christ.

We direct you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother who is disorderly in his mode of life, and does not conduct himself agreeably to the teaching which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us. For we were in no way disorderly among you, nor did we eat any one's bread without paying for it. On the contrary, we used to be engaged at our trades in hard and wearisome labor night and day, so that we might not be a burden to any of

And we did this not because we had no right to receive support, but, on the contrary, so that we might make ourselves a pattern for you to imitate. And, indeed, when we were with you, we gave you this direction—that if any one does not choose to work, neither let him eat. For we hear that some among you are disorderly in their mode of life. Instead of attending to their own business they keep going about meddling with the business of everybody else. Such persons we direct and urge, in the name of



the Lord Jesus, to quietly attend to their business and earn their own living. But you, for your part, brothers, must not grow weary in well doing. If any one does not listen to what we say in this letter, mark that man, and keep away from him, so that he may be ashamed. And yet do not treat him as an enemy, but, on the contrary, warn him as a brother.

And now may the Lord himself,

The author and giver of peace,
Give you peace at all times and in every way.

May the Lord be with you And now I, Paul, with my own hand, add these closing words of greeting, and they are a mark of genuineness in all my letters. This is the way I write.

May the favor of our Lord Jesus Christ be with


you all.


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