December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, so that the word of the Lord may speed forward and be glorified, as it did among you,
- and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people, for not all have faith.
- But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
- We are confident of you in the Lord that what we instruct you, you (both) are doing and will continue to do.
- May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of Christ.
- We instruct you, brothers, in the name of (our) Lord Jesus Christ,to shun any brother who conducts himself in a disorderly way and not according to the tradition they received from us. 2
- For you know how one must imitate us. For we did not act in a disorderly way among you,
- nor did we eat food received free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked, so as not to burden any of you.
- Not that we do not have the right. Rather, we wanted to present ourselves as a model for you, so that you might imitate us.
- In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat.
- We hear that some are conducting themselves among you in a disorderly way, by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.
- Such people we instruct and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and to eat their own food.
- But you, brothers, do not be remiss in doing good.
- If anyone does not obey our word as expressed in this letter, take note of this person not to associate with him, that he may be put to shame.
- Do not regard him as an enemy but admonish him as a brother.
- May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.
- This greeting is in my own hand, Paul's. This is the sign in every letter; this is how I write.
- The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.
Table of Contents Previous Chapter The Book of First Timothy
1 [1-18] The final chapter urges the Thessalonians to pray for Paul and his colleagues (2 Thes 3:1-2) and reiterates confidence in the Thessalonians (2 Thes 3:3-5), while admonishing them about a specific problem in their community that has grown out of the intense eschatological speculation, namely, not to work but to become instead disorderly busybodies (2 Thes 3:6-15). A benediction (2 Thes 3:16) and postscript in Paul's own hand round out the letter. On 2 Thes 3:17-18, cf the note on 2 Thes 2:2.
2  Some members of the community, probably because they regarded the parousia as imminent or the new age of the Lord to be already here (2 Thes 2:2), had apparently ceased to work for a living. The disciplinary problem they posed could be rooted in distorted thinking about Paul's own teaching (cf 1 Thes 2:16; 3:3-4; 5:4-5) or, more likely, in a forged letter (2 Thes 2:2) and the type of teaching dealt with in 2 Thes 2:1-15. The apostle's own moral teaching, reflected in his selfless labors for others, was rooted in a deep doctrinal concern for the gospel message (cf 1 Thes 2:3-10).
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