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2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

nor did we eat anyone’s bread [a]free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.

10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit. for nothing
New King James Version (NKJV)

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2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

nor did we eat [a]anyone’s bread [b]without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a role model for you, so that you would [c]follow our example. 10 For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit from anyone
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit freely
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:9 Or imitate us
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2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we worked night and day [to pay our own way] so that we would not be a financial burden on any of you [for our support]; not because we do not have a right to such support, but [we provided our own financial support] to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. 10 For even while we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is [a]not to eat, either.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 I.e. if one is able, but unwilling to work to provide for himself or his family, it is unjust for him to receive the necessities of life provided free by those who willingly work.
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2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 New International Version (NIV)

nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”

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2 Thessalonians 3:8-10 King James Version (KJV)

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:

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.

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