2 Thessalonians 3
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Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
3:1 Closing Admonitions


A Request for Prayer. A Command to Withdraw from the Disorderly. An Admonition to the Idle. The Salutation with His Own Hand.

Pray for us. How often Paul makes this request in his letters! Compare 1Th 5:25 Eph 6:19 Col 4:3.

That the word of the Lord. He asks no prayers for his own ease, or worldly prosperity, but that he may be helped in his work of the gospel.

Have free course. Not be hindered by opposition which might prevent success. When in bonds he rejoiced that the word of the Lord was not bound (2Ti 2:9).

Be glorified. By its powers to save. See Ac 13:48.

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
3:2 That we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men. That the wicked may not have power to prevent us from spreading the gospel. He is not moved by a desire to escape such hardships or dangers as these may cause, but by a desire that his work may move right on.

All men have not faith. In all ages the preaching of the gospel divides those who hear it into two classes, the believers and unbelievers.

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
3:3 The Lord is faithful. Men may be unbelievers, and hostile, but the Lord is faithful to every promise, and in spite of evil men will

keep you from evil. From the power of the evil one.

And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
3:4 We have confidence in the Lord. That by the Lord's power and protection ye both do and will do the things commanded.
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
3:5 Patient waiting for Christ. The patience of Christ (Revised Version). A patient endurance for Christ.
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
3:6 Now we command you. He has expressed a belief that they will readily obey his commands (2Th 3:4). He now gives one.

Brethren. The command is not directed to priest or presbyter, but to the whole church. Compare 1Co 5:4,5.

Withdraw yourselves. Decline to receive as a brother longer. Exclude from fellowship.

Every brother that walketh disorderly. This command applies to other disorderly walking also, but has a direct reference here to those who refused to work.

Not after the tradition which he received of us. The instructions received from us.

For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
3:7 Ye know how ye ought to follow us. For Paul's example in the matter of work at Thessalonica, see 1Th 2:9. He labors for his own support.
Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
3:9 Not because we have not power. A right to support at your hands,

But to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. But because we wished to set you an example of industry.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
3:10 This we commanded you. Even then he gave a command that if any refused to work for their food, they should be refused support by others. He who is able to work, and unwilling, should not be fed.
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
3:11 We hear. The word was brought, no doubt, by the messenger who returned to him.

Who walk among you disorderly. By doing nothing. It is a sin to be an idler. God requires industry.

Busybodies. The devil finds some mischief, still, for idle hands to do.

Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
3:12 Now them that are such we command. Such are solemnly commanded in the name of Christ to go to work, to live quiet lives, and to support themselves. The idlers were restless and meddlesome.
But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
3:13 Be not weary in well doing. Do not get weary of the duties of life, so as to desire an idle life. Discharge all duties faithfully, whether secular or religious.
And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
3:14 If any man obeyeth not our word. Whoever does not obey these charges, let him be noted, withdrawn from. See 2Th 3:6.

That he may be ashamed. He must be made ashamed of his course by seeing that it is repudiated by the church.

Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
3:15 Yet count him not as an enemy. The object of discipline is to save. Compare 1Co 5:5.

But admonish him as a brother. Give him kind and brotherly admonition, and let him know the reason for your course.

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
3:16 The Lord of peace. Christ, who bestows peace upon all who walk in him.
The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
3:17 With mine own hand. Here he adds the salutation in his own handwriting. The Epistle thus far had been written by one to whom he dictated, as was his custom, but he now adds his autograph.

Which is the token of every epistle. This autograph was proof of the genuineness. Their attention is perhaps called to this on account of a spurious epistle (2Th 2:2).

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The People's New Testament by B.W. Johnson [1891]

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