2 Thessalonians 3:11
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New International Version
We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

New Living Translation
Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people's business.

English Standard Version
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.

Berean Study Bible
Yet we hear that some of you are leading undisciplined lives and accomplishing nothing but being busybodies.

Berean Literal Bible
For we hear some among you are walking idly, not working at all, but being busybodies.

New American Standard Bible
For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

King James Bible
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we hear that there are some among you who walk irresponsibly, not working at all, but interfering with the work of others.

International Standard Version
We hear that some of you are living in idleness. You are not busy working —you are busy interfering in other people's lives!

NET Bible
For we hear that some among you are living an undisciplined life, not doing their own work but meddling in the work of others.

New Heart English Bible
For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who do not work at all, but are busybodies.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we hear that there are some among you who walk wickedly and do not labor at all, but are worthless;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We hear that some of you are not living disciplined lives. You're not working, so you go around interfering in other people's lives.

New American Standard 1977
For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we hear that there are some who walk among you out of order, not working at all, but are busybodies.

King James 2000 Bible
For we hear that there are some who walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

American King James Version
For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

American Standard Version
For we hear of some that walk among you disorderly, that work not at all, but are busybodies.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we have heard there are some among you who walk disorderly, working not at all, but curiously meddling.

Darby Bible Translation
For we hear that [there are] some walking among you disorderly, not working at all, but busybodies.

English Revised Version
For we hear of some that walk among you disorderly, that work not at all, but are busybodies.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we hear that there are some who walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies.

Weymouth New Testament
For we hear that there are some of you who live disorderly lives and are mere idle busybodies.

World English Bible
For we hear of some who walk among you in rebellion, who don't work at all, but are busybodies.

Young's Literal Translation
for we hear of certain walking among you disorderly, nothing working, but over working,
Study Bible
Warning against Irresponsibility
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. 12We command and urge such people by our Lord Jesus Christ to begin working quietly to earn their own living.…
Cross References
Ephesians 4:28
He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing good with his own hands, that he may have something to share with the one in need.

2 Thessalonians 3:6
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who leads an undisciplined life that is not in keeping with the tradition you received from us.

1 Timothy 5:13
At the same time they will also learn to be idle, going from house to house and being not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, speaking of things they should not mention.

1 Peter 4:15
Indeed, none of you should suffer as a murderer or thief or wrongdoer, or even as a meddler.
Treasury of Scripture

For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.

walk. See on ver.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

working.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and …

1 Timothy 5:13 And with they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; …

1 Peter 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an …

(11) For we hear.--Explaining how St. Paul came to speak upon the topic at all. Hitherto he has only been giving directions, without saying why. News had been brought back, no doubt, by the bearers of the First Epistle.

Walk among you disorderly.--A verbal repetition of 2Thessalonians 3:6. It is not quite the same as "some among you which walk disorderly," for the words "among you" represent the vague and various directions taken by those aimless feet, going about from house to house, workshop to workshop.

Working not at all, but are busybodies.--This is what the disorderliness consists in, as we should have seen from 2Thessalonians 3:10. There is a scornful play of words here in the Greek which is lost sight of in the English: the word for "busybodies" being merely a compound form of the word "working." Quite literally, the compound means "working enough and to spare," "being overbusy," "overdoing;" then, as a man cannot possibly overdo what it is his own duty to do, it comes to signify (1) doing useless things, things which concern no one, and might as well be left alone: as, for instance, magic, which is described by this word in Acts 19:19; or natural science, which is so described in the Athenians' accusation of Socrates! (2) Meddling with matters which do not concern the doer, but do concern other people: so used in 1Timothy 5:13. Prof Lightfoot suggests (On a Fresh Revision, p. 59; comp. p. xviii., 2nd ed.) that the play can be kept up through the words "business" and "busy": we might perhaps say, "not being business men, but busybodies." But which of the two notions mentioned above is to be considered most prominent here we cannot tell for certain. (a) The Thessalonians do not seem to have been much carried away by the first class of danger--idle speculations, such as those of the Colossian or Ephesian Churches. Yet we cannot altogether exclude this meaning here. St. Paul's readers had been overbusy in theorising about the position of the departed at Christ's coming (1Thessalonians 4:15, Note), and had been so eager over their idle doctrines of the Advent as to falsify, if not actually to forge, communications from St. Paul (2Thessalonians 2:2). Such false inquisitiveness and gossiping discussions might well be described by the Greek word with which we are dealing. (b) Everything, however, points to a more practical form of the same disposition to mask idleness under cloak of work; feverish excitement, which leads men to meddle and interfere with others, perhaps to spend time in "religious" work which ought not to have been spared from every-day duties. (See 1Thessalonians 4:11-12, and Notes.) There is nothing to show definitely how this busy idleness arose, but it may very probably be the shaken and troubled condition of mind spoken of in 2Thessalonians 2:2.

Verse 11. - For; the reason for the allusion to this proverb. We hear. The apostle had either heard from Timothy who had rejoined him from Thessalonica, or from the report of the bearers of the First Epistle. That there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. There is here a paranomasia or play upon words, the words "working" and "busybodies" being cognate. It is difficult to preserve the resemblance in a translation. "Busy only with what is not their own business" (Jowett); "Working at no business, but being busybodies" (Ellicott); "Not busy, but busybodies" (Wordsworth). The word "busybodies" denotes busy in useless and superfluous things, about which one need not trouble himself - occupied about trifles. The apostle refers to the fanatical excitement in the Church on account of which the Thessalonians, instead of occupying themselves with the fulfilment of the duties of their earthly calling, busied themselves about matters which were unprofitable and vain. For we hear that there are some,.... This is the reason of the order or command given in 2 Thessalonians 3:6 for withdrawing from disorderly persons. When the apostle was with them, he observed that there were idle persons among them, and therefore gave orders then, that if they would not work, they should not eat; and in his former epistle, having intelligence that there were still such persons among them, he exhorts them to their duty, and puts the church upon admonishing them; and still information is given him, that there were some such persons yet among them; for as the apostle had the care of all the churches upon him, so he kept a correspondence with them, and by one means or another, by sending messengers to them, or by receiving letters from those he corresponded with, he learned the state of them; and his information was generally good, and what might be depended upon; see 1 Corinthians 1:11 as it was in this case relating to some persons: which walk among you disorderly; and who they were, and which also explains 2 Thessalonians 3:6, are immediately observed: working not at all; at their callings, trades, and businesses in which they were brought up, but lived an idle and lazy life: and this was walking disorderly indeed, even contrary to the order of things before the fall, when man was in a state of innocence; for before sin entered into the world, Adam was put into the garden of Eden to keep and dress it; man was created an active creature, and made for work and business; and to live without, is contrary to the order of creation, as well as to the order of civil societies, and of religious ones, or churches, and even what irrational creatures do not.

But are busy bodies; though they work not at all at their own business, yet are very busy in other men's matters, and have the affairs of kingdoms, and cities, and towns, and neighbourhoods, and churches, and families, upon their hands; which they thrust themselves into, and intermeddle with, though they have no business at all with them: these wander from house to house, and curiously inquire into personal and family affairs, are tattlers, full of prate and talk, and, like the Athenians, spend all their time in telling or hearing new things; and they also speak things which they should not; they carry tales from one to another, and privately whisper things to the disadvantage of their fellow creatures and Christians, and backbite and slander them. These are the pests of nations and neighbourhoods, the plagues of churches, and the scandal of human nature; see 1 Timothy 5:13. 11. busy bodies—In the Greek the similarity of sound marks the antithesis, "Doing none of their own business, yet overdoing in the business of others." Busy about everyone's business but their own. "Nature abhors a vacuum"; so if not doing one's own business, one is apt to meddle with his neighbor's business. Idleness is the parent of busybodies (1Ti 5:13). Contrast 1Th 4:11.3:6-15 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.
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