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2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)

Warning Against Idleness

But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which [a]he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread [b]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 3:6 NU, M they
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit. for nothing
New King James Version (NKJV)

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2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Now we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you [a]keep away from every brother or sister who [b]leads a [c]disorderly life and not one in accordance with the tradition which [d]you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to [e]follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined way among you, nor did we eat [f]anyone’s bread [g]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 [h]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 3:6 Or avoid
  2. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Lit walks disorderly
  3. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or undisciplined
  4. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 One early ms they
  5. 2 Thessalonians 3:7 Or imitate us
  6. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit from anyone
  7. 2 Thessalonians 3:8 Lit freely
  8. 2 Thessalonians 3:9 Or imitate us
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2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Now we command you, believers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and by His authority, that you withdraw and keep away from every brother or sister who leads an undisciplined life and does not live in accordance with the tradition and teaching that [a]you have received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined or inappropriate manner when we were with you [we were never idle or lazy, nor did we avoid our duties], 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 [b]not to eat, either.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 One early ms reads they.
  2. 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 3:6-10 New International Version (NIV)

Warning Against Idleness

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 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.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Thessalonians 3:6 Or tradition
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2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 King James Version (KJV)

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

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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