2 Thessalonians 3



2 Thessalonians 3 deals with practical issues within the Thessalonian community, emphasizing the importance of hard work, discipline, and orderliness. Paul reinforces his earlier teaching on the value of being industrious and warns against idleness. The chapter concludes with a prayer for peace and a reminder of God's grace.


  1. Request for Prayer (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5): Paul asks the Thessalonians to pray for the spread of the Gospel and for protection from evil people. He expresses confidence that the Lord will establish and guard them from the evil one. He encourages them to follow the example of the Lord in steadfastness.
  2. Warning Against Idleness (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15): Paul addresses a specific issue in the Thessalonian community regarding idleness and irresponsibility. Some individuals were not working but were being busybodies, disrupting the community. Paul had previously instructed them about the importance of working to support themselves, and he reiterates this message. He emphasizes the principle: "If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat." Paul encourages the Thessalonians to lead a disciplined and orderly life, working with their own hands.
  3. Final Exhortations and Benediction (2 Thessalonians 3:16-18): Paul concludes the letter with a prayer for peace and the Lord's presence to be with them always. He signs the letter personally, underscoring its authenticity, and encourages them with a final greeting of grace from the Lord Jesus Christ.