2 Thessalonians 3:10
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat."

New Living Translation
Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: "Those unwilling to work will not get to eat."

English Standard Version
For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.

Berean Study Bible
For even while we were with you, we gave you this command: "If anyone is unwilling to work, he shall not eat."

Berean Literal Bible
For even when we were with you, we were commanding you this, that "if anyone is not willing to work, neither let him eat."

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: "If anyone isn't willing to work, he should not eat."

International Standard Version
While we were with you, we gave this order: "If anyone doesn't want to work, he shouldn't eat."

NET Bible
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this command: "If anyone is not willing to work, neither should he eat."

New Heart English Bible
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For when we were with you, we had commanded you this, that no one who is unwilling to work shall eat.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
While we were with you, we gave you the order: "Whoever doesn't want to work shouldn't be allowed to eat."

New American Standard 1977
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone will not work, neither let him eat.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For even when we were with you, this we declared unto you, that if anyone desires not to work neither should he eat.

King James 2000 Bible
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

American King James Version
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

American Standard Version
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For also when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat.

Darby Bible Translation
For also when we were with you we enjoined you this, that if any man does not like to work, neither let him eat.

English Revised Version
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat.

Webster's Bible Translation
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Weymouth New Testament
For even when we were with you, we laid down this rule for you: "If a man does not choose to work, neither shall he eat."

World English Bible
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."

Young's Literal Translation
for even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any one is not willing to work, neither let him eat,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:6-15 Those who have received the gospel, are to live according to the gospel. Such as could work, and would not, were not to be maintained in idleness. Christianity is not to countenance slothfulness, which would consume what is meant to encourage the industrious, and to support the sick and afflicted. Industry in our callings as men, is a duty required by our calling as Christians. But some expected to be maintained in idleness, and indulged a curious and conceited temper. They meddled with the concerns of others, and did much harm. It is a great error and abuse of religion, to make it a cloak for idleness or any other sin. The servant who waits for the coming of his Lord aright, must be working as his Lord has commanded. If we are idle, the devil and a corrupt heart will soon find us somewhat to do. The mind of man is a busy thing; if it is not employed in doing good, it will be doing evil. It is an excellent, but rare union, to be active in our own business, yet quiet as to other people's. If any refused to labour with quietness, they were to note him with censure, and to separate from his company, yet they were to seek his good by loving admonitions. The Lords is with you while you are with him. Hold on your way, and hold on to the end. We must never give over, or tire in our work. It will be time enough to rest when we come to heaven.
Study Bible
Warning against Irresponsibility
9Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate. 10For even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “If anyone is unwilling to work, he shall not eat.” 11Yet we hear that some of you are leading undisciplined lives and accomplishing nothing but being busybodies.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 3:4
Indeed, when we were with you, we kept warning you that we would suffer persecution; and as you know, it has come to pass.

1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you.
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