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FRAMEWORKS: Paul's SECOND letter to the Thessalonians

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Frameworks: 2 Thessalonians 3


v.1-5 Request for prayer

v.6-15 Warning against idleness

v.16-18 Final greetings


[Chapter Synopsis: We all need prayer, especially to stand in the face of persecution and we need to look to ourselves that we are diligent workers who don't waste our lives sitting around gossiping.]



v.1-5 Request for prayer

[Passage Synopsis: As he has prayed for them in chapter 1, he now asks them to pray for him. He is confident that God will keep them.]


v.1 (even the disciples need prayer in their ministry) As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you.

v.2 (prayer to be delivered from the persecutors' aims) And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.

v.3 (but don't worry, God is faithful and will keep you) But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

v.4 (we have complete confidence in you now and in the days to come) We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command.

v.5 (may God strengthen you love in perseverance) May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.



v.6-15 Warning against idleness


[Passage Synopsis: Check out those among you who are lazy gossips who need correcting.]


v.6 (something else to be avoided – those who are lazy and disruptive) In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

v.7,8 (follow our example as diligent workers) For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, labouring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

v.9 (we did it so you could imitate us) We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate.

v.10 (our rule: no work, no food) For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: ‘The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.'

v.11 (you have some sitting around gossiping) We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

v.12 (we urge such ones to put their lives right) Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

v.13 (and you, be known as workers) And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.

v.14 (separate off from those who reject this teaching) Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.

v.15 (not as enemies but as believers who need correcting) Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.



v.16-18 Final greetings


[Passage Synopsis: Final blessing.]


v.16 (now may God give you His peace) Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

v.17 (I'm writing personally) I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand, which is the distinguishing mark in all my letters. This is how I write.

v.18 (so God's grace be with you all) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.