Verse 6 is a harsh commandment. Spongers were to be denied fellowship. “We command you … in the name of … Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly.” This situation was somewhat different from that in 1 Corinthians 5, which was more serious in some respects. Here the command was to “withdraw”; with the Corinthians the command was to expel, that is, to excommunicate. Moreover, the Corinthian instruction was to the ecclesia, whereas this was a command to an individual regarding everyday living.