13 But we are 6bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God tfrom the beginning uchose you for salvation vthrough 7sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for wthe obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, xstand fast and hold ythe traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our 8epistle.
16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, zwho has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and agood hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts band 9establish you in every good word and work.
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