2 Thessalonians 3:12
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New International Version
Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.

New Living Translation
We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living.

English Standard Version
Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

Berean Study Bible
We command and urge such people by our Lord Jesus Christ to begin working quietly to earn their own living.

Berean Literal Bible
Now we command and exhort to such by our Lord Jesus Christ so that, working with quietness, they may eat their own bread.

New American Standard Bible
Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

King James Bible
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ that quietly working, they may eat their own food.

International Standard Version
We order and encourage such people by the Lord Jesus, the Messiah, to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

NET Bible
Now such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and so provide their own food to eat.

New Heart English Bible
Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But such we command and beseech them in our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, that they shall work quietly and eat their bread.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We order and encourage such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to pay attention to their own work so they can support themselves.

New American Standard 1977
Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now those that are such, we charge and exhort in our Lord Jesus Christ, that working with quietness, they eat their bread.

King James 2000 Bible
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

American King James Version
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

American Standard Version
Now them that are such we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now we charge them that are such, and beseech them by the Lord Jesus Christ, that, working with silence, they would eat their own bread.

Darby Bible Translation
Now such we enjoin and exhort in [the] Lord Jesus Christ, that working quietly they eat their own bread.

English Revised Version
Now them that are such we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Weymouth New Testament
To persons of that sort our injunction--and our command by the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ--is that they are to work quietly and eat their own honestly-earned bread.

World English Bible
Now those who are that way, we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Young's Literal Translation
and such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness working, their own bread they may eat;
Study Bible
Warning against Irresponsibility
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. 13But as for you, brothers, do not grow weary in well-doing.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 4:1
Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.

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.
Treasury of Scripture

Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

we. See on ver.

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

that with.

Genesis 49:14,15 Issachar is a strong donkey couching down between two burdens…

Proverbs 17:1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full …

Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with …

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working …

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

1 Timothy 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a …

eat. See on ver.

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor …

Luke 11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.

(12) We command.--The fourth time the severe word is used in this very chapter. Perhaps "we order" might convey the meaning still more sharply. But immediately, lest severity provoke rebellion, he adds, "and we beseech," alleging also the grounds on which he rests his appeal: "in our Lord"--i.e., "on the strength of our union in the Body of Christ." (Comp. 1Thessalonians 4:1.)

That with quietness they work.--The opposites of bustling, and of idleness.

Eat their own bread.--Not other people's. This passage tempts us to take the marginal version in 1Thessalonians 4:12 : "have need of no man." The phrase is not fatal to the idea of there being a communism established. The bread would still be "their own"--i.e., they would have a right to it, supposing it had been earned for the community by hard work: otherwise, communism or no communism, the bread was stolen. The commentators aptly compare a rabbinical saying:" When a man eats his own bread he is composed and tranquil in mind; but if he be eating the bread of his parents or children, much more that of strangers, his mind is less tranquil."

Verse 12. - Now them that are such we command and exhort by (or, as the best manuscripts read, in) our Lord Jesus Christ; in him, as the source of authority; "In his Name." That with quietness. In contrast to being busybodies, with calmness of spirit, freedom from excitement. They work, and eat their own bread; not the bread of others, but their own, for which they have laboured and which they have earned. They would thus be independent of the liberality and generosity of others. (For similar exhortations, see 1 Thessalonians 4:11; Ephesians 4:28.) Now them that are such,.... For this was not the case and character of them all. Did such practices generally obtain, no community, civil or religious, could subsist. And the apostle wisely distinguishes them from others, that the innocent might not be involved in the charge.

We command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ; using both authority and entreaty; taking every way to reclaim them, commanding in the name of Christ and beseeching for the sake of Christ

that with quietness they work: with their own hands, at their proper callings, and so support themselves, provide for their families, and have something to give to them that are in need; by which means they will live peaceable and quiet lives, in godliness and honesty, and not disturb the peace of neighbourhoods, churches, and families:

and eat their own bread; got by their own labour, and bought with their money, and not the bread of others, or that of idleness. 12. by—The oldest manuscripts read, "IN the Lord Jesus." So the Greek, 1Th 4:1, implying the sphere wherein such conduct is appropriate and consistent. "We exhort you thus, as ministers IN Christ, exhorting our people IN Christ."

with quietness—quiet industry; laying aside restless, bustling, intermeddling officiousness (2Th 3:11).

their own—bread earned by themselves, not another's bread (2Th 3:8).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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