2 Thessalonians 3:7
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New International Version
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,

New Living Translation
For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you.

English Standard Version
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you,

Berean Study Bible
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not undisciplined among you,

Berean Literal Bible
For you yourselves know how it behooves you to imitate us, because we were not idle among you,

New American Standard Bible
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you yourselves know how you must imitate us: We were not irresponsible among you;

International Standard Version
For you yourselves know what you must do to imitate us. We never lived in idleness among you.

NET Bible
For you know yourselves how you must imitate us, because we did not behave without discipline among you,

New Heart English Bible
For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we did not behave ourselves rebelliously among you,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For you know how it is right to imitate us, for we have not walked wickedly among you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know what you must do to imitate us. We lived a disciplined life among you.

New American Standard 1977
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For you know in what manner you ought to imitate us, for we did not walk disorderly among you,

King James 2000 Bible
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

American King James Version
For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

American Standard Version
For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us: for we were not disorderly among you;

Darby Bible Translation
For ye know yourselves how ye ought to imitate us, because we have not walked disorderly among you;

English Revised Version
For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

Webster's Bible Translation
For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;

Weymouth New Testament
For you yourselves know that it is your duty to follow our example. There was no disorder in our lives among you,

World English Bible
For you know how you ought to imitate us. For we didn't behave ourselves rebelliously among you,

Young's Literal Translation
for yourselves have known how it behoveth you to imitate us, because we did not act disorderly among you;
Study Bible
Warning against Irresponsibility
6Now 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. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not undisciplined among you, 8nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. Instead, in labor and toil, we worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 1:6
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord when you welcomed the message with the joy of the Holy Spirit, in spite of your great suffering.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, to admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.

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.

2 Thessalonians 3:9
Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.
Treasury of Scripture

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

how.

2 Thessalonians 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample …

1 Corinthians 4:16 Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

Philippians 3:17 Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so …

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which you have both learned, and received, and heard, …

1 Thessalonians 1:6,7 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

Titus 2:7 In all things showing yourself a pattern of good works: in doctrine …

1 Peter 5:3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

for.

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

1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how piously and justly and blamelessly …

(7) For justifies the assertion that they had received a better teaching. (Comp. 1Thessalonians 2:1; 1Thessalonians 4:9; 1Thessalonians 5:2.)

To follow us.--The word, of course, means "to imitate"; and the rather compressed expression seems to stand for something fuller, such as, "Yourselves know how you ought to live, for you have but to imitate us: you recollect not only a tradition, but an example." This is better than (with St. Chrysostom) to make the whole "tradition" consist of example without precept, however such an interpretation might simplify the logic.

For (or because).--Historical justification of the statement that their example was a trustworthy mode in this particular, at any rate: see the same use of "for" in 1Thessalonians 2:9, "for labouring," &c.; 1Thessalonians 4:3. It is perhaps simpler, however, to translate the word "that," instead of "for ": "You know perfectly how to live--how to imitate our example--that we never," &c. Then follows a description of the Apostles' conduct at Thessalonica similar to that in the First Epistle, thus giving us a clearer understanding why they dwelt so long and so passionately upon the topic there--namely, in order by force of tacit, contrast to shame the disorderly brethren into imitation.

Verse 7. - For yourselves know; without it being necessary for me to say anything about the matter; ye yourselves are witnesses. How ye ought to follow (or, imitate) us; better, perhaps, to be restricted to Paul than used as inclusive of Silas and Timothy. For we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; referring to the apostle's residence in Thessalonica. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us,.... The apostle goes on to dissuade from that which denominates persons disorderly walkers, and exposes them to the censure of the church, and that partly by the example of the apostles, and partly by their command. He appeals to them, to their knowledge and judgment, it being a thing well known to them, that they ought to walk as they had the apostles for ensamples; for who should they follow but their spiritual fathers, shepherds, and guides? and especially so far as they were followers of Christ, as they were, in the case referred unto, working with their own hands:

for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; they could appeal to them as witnesses, and God also, how holily, justly, and unblamably they walked among them; see 1 Thessalonians 2:10 and particularly, that they did not live an idle and inactive life among them. 7. how ye ought to follow us—how ye ought to live so as to "imitate (so the Greek for 'follow') us" (compare Notes, see on [2457]1Co 11:1; [2458]1Th 1:6).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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