2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former
things shall not be remembered or come to mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am
about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight.
I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more
shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of
No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few
days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one
who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one
who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed.
They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant
vineyards and eat their fruit.
They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant
and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of
my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their
They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for
they shall be offspring blessed by the LORD-- and their
descendants as well.
Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I
The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat
straw like the ox; but the serpent--its food shall be dust! They
shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the
You will say in that day: I will give thanks to you, O LORD, for
though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, and you
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be
afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has
become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on
his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that
his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this
be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your
midst is the Holy One of Israel.
Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness
and not according to the tradition that they received from us.
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not
idle when we were with you,
and we did not eat anyone's bread without paying for it; but
with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might
not burden any of you.
This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to
give you an example to imitate.
For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone
unwilling to work should not eat.
For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere
busybodies, not doing any work.
Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ
to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right.
When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned
with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said,
"As for these things that you see, the days will come when
not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown
They asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will
be the sign that this is about to take place?"
And he said, "Beware that you are not led astray; for many
will come in my name and say, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is
near!' Do not go after them.
"When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be
terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end
will not follow immediately."
Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom;
there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines
and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs
"But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and
persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and
prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors
because of my name.
This will give you an opportunity to testify.
So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance;
for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your
opponents will be able to withstand or contradict.
You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives
and friends; and they will put some of you to death.
You will be hated by all because of my name.
But not a hair of your head will perish.
By your endurance you will gain your souls.