2 Thessalonians 3:9
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.

English Standard Version
It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate.

Berean Study Bible
Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.

Berean Literal Bible
not that we do not have the right, but that we may offer ourselves as an example to you for you to imitate us.

New American Standard Bible
not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.

King James Bible
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It is not that we don't have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us.

International Standard Version
It is not as though we did not have that right, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.

NET Bible
It was not because we do not have that right, but to give ourselves as an example for you to imitate.

New Heart English Bible
not because we do not have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not because we did not have authority, but that we might give you an example by our lives, that you may imitate us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not as though we didn't have a right to receive support. Rather, we wanted to set an example for you to follow.

New American Standard 1977
not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, that you might follow our example.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not because we did not have authority, but to give you an example that you might imitate us.

King James 2000 Bible
Not because we have not that right, but to make ourselves an example unto you to follow us.

American King James Version
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample to you to follow us.

American Standard Version
not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us.

Darby Bible Translation
not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in order to your imitating us.

English Revised Version
not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves a pattern to you to follow us.

Weymouth New Testament
This was not because we had not a claim upon you, but it arose from a desire to set you an example--for you to imitate us.

World English Bible
not because we don't have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.

Young's Literal Translation
not because we have not authority, but that ourselves a pattern we might give to you, to imitate us;
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
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. 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.”…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

1 Corinthians 9:4
Have we no right to food and to drink?

2 Thessalonians 3:7
For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not undisciplined among you,

1 Peter 5:3
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
Treasury of Scripture

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample to you to follow us.

Not.

Matthew 10:10 Nor money for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor …

1 Corinthians 9:4-14 Have we not power to eat and to drink…

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches …

1 Thessalonians 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when …

to make. See on ver.

2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not …

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for …

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