NLT™ logo
home
live it now
bible study
spiritual journey
exploring christianity
discover the nlt
nlt intro
product spotlight
product categories
endorsements
text comparison
faqs
meet the scholars
scripture search
comparing translations
philosophy & methodology
favorite verses
tyndale bible lines
devotional sign-up
discover the nlt

Read FAQs, your favorite verses, preview the NLT bibles, and learn about the scholars.

discover the nlt
scripture search

Search the NLT by keyword or reference below.

verse finder
example
check this box to search for keywords only.
if you are searching for a verse, do not check this box.

* - denotes footnote

2 Thessalonians 3

Paul's Request for Prayer
1 Finally, dear brothers and sisters,* we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.2 Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.3 But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.*4 And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you.5 May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

An Exhortation to Proper Living
6 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers* who live idle lives and don't follow the tradition they received* from us.7 For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you.8 We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you.9 We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.10 Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: "Those unwilling to work will not get to eat."
  11 Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people's business.12 We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.13 As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.
  14 Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed.15 Don't think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister.*

Paul's Final Greetings
16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.
  17 HERE IS MY GREETING IN MY OWN HANDWRITING—PAUL. I DO THIS IN ALL MY LETTERS TO PROVE THEY ARE FROM ME.
  18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

previous |  next

Footnotes:

3:1 Greek brothers; also in 3:6, 13.
3:3 Or from evil.
3:6a Greek from every brother. 3:6b Some manuscripts read you received.
3:15 Greek as a brother.
endorsements

“The second edition is fresh, dynamic and exciting to read. Whether a person is a new believer or a long-time follower, this translation will be a wonderful tool God’s Spirit will use to produce a harvest of kingdom fruit.”

Dr. Roger D. Haber
Central Baptist Church
Middleborough, Massachusetts

read more endorsements
poll
There are no polls at this time
visit tyndale.com
privacy policy trademarks contact information