2 Thessalonians
Chapter 3

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

2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

6 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.

7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

8 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:

9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

14 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.

15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. (The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.)

Commentary for 2 Thessalonians 3

The apostle expresses confidence in the Thessalonians, and prays for them. (1-5) He charges them to withdraw from disorderly walkers, particularly from the lazy and busybodies. (6-15) And concludes with a prayer for them, and a greeting. (16-18)1-5 Those who are far apart still may meet together at the throne of grace; and those not able to do or receive any other kindness, may in this way do and receive real and very great kindness. Enemies to the preaching of the gospel, and persecutors of its faithful preachers, are unreasonable and wicked men. Many do not believe the gospel; and no wonder if such are restless and show malice in their endeavours to oppose it. The evil of sin is the greatest evil, but there are other evils we need to be preserved from, and we have encouragement to depend upon the grace of God. When once the promise is made, the performance is sure and certain. The apostle had confidence in them, but that was founded upon his confidence in God; for there is otherwise no confidence in man. He prays for them for spiritual blessings. It is our sin and our misery, that we place our affections upon wrong objects. There is not true love of God, without faith in Jesus Christ. If, by the special grace of God, we have that faith which multitudes have not, we should earnestly pray that we may be enabled, without reserve, to obey his commands, and that we may be enabled, without reserve, to the love of God, and the patience of Christ.

6-15 Those who have received the gospel, are to live according to the gospel. Such as could work, and would not, were not to be maintained in idleness. Christianity is not to countenance slothfulness, which would consume what is meant to encourage the industrious, and to support the sick and afflicted. Industry in our callings as men, is a duty required by our calling as Christians. But some expected to be maintained in idleness, and indulged a curious and conceited temper. They meddled with the concerns of others, and did much harm. It is a great error and abuse of religion, to make it a cloak for idleness or any other sin. The servant who waits for the coming of his Lord aright, must be working as his Lord has commanded. If we are idle, the devil and a corrupt heart will soon find us somewhat to do. The mind of man is a busy thing; if it is not employed in doing good, it will be doing evil. It is an excellent, but rare union, to be active in our own business, yet quiet as to other people's. If any refused to labour with quietness, they were to note him with censure, and to separate from his company, yet they were to seek his good by loving admonitions. The Lords is with you while you are with him. Hold on your way, and hold on to the end. We must never give over, or tire in our work. It will be time enough to rest when we come to heaven.

16-18 The apostle prays for the Thessalonians. And let us desire the same blessings for ourselves and our friends. Peace with God. This peace is desired for them always, or in every thing. Peace by all means; in every way; that, as they enjoyed the means of grace, they might use all methods to secure peace. We need nothing more to make us safe and happy, nor can we desire any thing better for ourselves and our friends, than to have God's gracious presence with us and them. No matter where we are, if God be with us; nor who is absent, if God be present. It is through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that we hope to have peace with God, and to enjoy the presence of God. This grace is all in all to make us happy; though we wish ever so much to others, there remains enough for ourselves.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 2 Thessalonians 3

  • Do this chapter and verse mean to sound Christian and disfellowship a person??
  • Jesse - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 3:16
    No, this is not speaking of disfellowshipping. This is telling us God is the God of Peace. He's the Lord of peace. May He give you peace always through all things.

    Literal translation: The Lord (is) with you all.

    Now if He's the Lord of peace and He's with me all the time, then I can experience the peace of God, because, He's with me always, and He is my peace.

    The section of scripture that talks about disfellowshipping is found in Matthew Chapter 18 Verses 15 to 20.
  • Thetruechildren - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 3
    It does speak on disfellowshipping, god only loves his children.
  • Mishael - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 3:16
    Ethel: I've seen many cases of this condition . They are similar but different. There is homeless, blatantly disobedient and "Failure to Launch", under-employed, etc.

    I like the story I heard about a mother eagle. She pads that nest for her babies, but when it's time to leave the nest to make their own, she starts pulling out all the fluff, then the small branches till they're clinging to a few big branches. Then one by one she flys them up a mile and let's go. They learn to fly real quick.

    We have to be a parent or friend that TEACHES, not enable. We care for them, teach life skills 101, help them with resumes, interview skills; how to manage public transportation; all the basics we learned. After they get a job, teach them about bills, saving, disaster planning, cooking, cleaning. It's not gonna work if you don't set your face like flint. Don't pay their bills or entertainment anymore!

    You have to make time for this or they'll be yours for LIFE. Be strong in the Lord.
  • Hazel Carty on 2 Thessalonians 3
    Amen brother and sister in Christ Jesus AMEN
  • Kent Oscar Farms on 2 Thessalonians 3
    Farm owners who claim faith violate v10 continually. They refuse to work. Government handouts, free money and giveaways to male-dominated demographic in Midwestern U. S. ruined them. They are habitual takers, robbers and lazy thieves. Refuse to get jobs, refuse to work sun up to evening six days per week. Refuse to work at all. Lease land to others who use it to advance our enemies including China
  • Joe - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 3
    KO Farms: Also please read vs 13,14, 15
  • D W L - in Reply on 2 Thessalonians 3
    Very true -- Man shall not live by bread alone but ever word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
  • Obbie Beal on 2 Thessalonians 3
    This chapter is Wow! Wow! Wow!
  • Tyrone L Jenkins on 2 Thessalonians 3
    There are many who claim to follow God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ we have to watch out and pray for guidance and protection and ask God to open our eye and give us the truth


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