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;
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 …

(9) Power.--Rather, authority, which is power plus legitimacy, How jealously St. Paul guards the rights of the Apostolate! not for himself, but for the brethren of the Lord and Cephas (1Corinthians 9:5), perhaps for Silas and Timothy (1Thessalonians 2:6, Note), and for futurity. The unbounded claims of spiritual fatherhood seem copied from the Roman law of patria potestas. (Comp. Philemon 1:8; Philemon 1:19.)

To make.--Literally, in order that we might give. It was not without thought and design that they had adopted the plan.

An ensample.--The same word as in 1Thessalonians 1:7. Literally, a model. The argument is a strong fortiori. Whatever reason these Thessalonians might have for giving up work, St. Paul had the same, and more. He looked for the Advent, as they did; he spent his time in going about among the brethren, as they did; and over and above, he had the apostolic right to maintenance, which they had not. Why should not he have left off work, if they could justify themselves in so doing? If he thought right to work, fortiori, it must be their duty to work too.

Verse 9. - Not because we have not power; that is, to demand support. Paul, as an apostle, had the right of maintenance from the Churches among whom he laboured. This right of support he insists upon in the First Epistle to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 9:1-18). But for the sake of his converts, to give them an example of diligent working, and to remove every impediment to the progress of the gospel, he often waived his rights. Thus he did at Thessalonica (1 Thessalonians 2:6, 9), at Corinth (Acts 18:3; 2 Corinthians 11:9), and at Ephesus (Acts 20:340; in all these places he laboured for his maintenance as a tent maker. But - we acted so - to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow - imitate - us. Not because we have not power,.... To forbear working, or require a maintenance from the churches to whom we minister, since Christ has ordained, that they that preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel; see 1 Corinthians 9:4. This the apostle says to preserve their right of claim, when and where they should think fit to make use of it; and lest other ministers of the word, who could not support themselves as they did, should be hurt by such an example; and lest covetous men should make use of it to indulge their sin, and improve it against the maintenance of Gospel ministers: wherefore the apostle observes to them, that they did not do this, as conscious that they had no right to demand a supply from them,

but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us; for it seems there were many idle lazy persons among them, who either had no callings or trades, or did not attend to them; wherefore the apostles wrought with their own hands, to set an example, who could not for shame but work, when they saw persons in so high an office, and of such a character, working with labour and travail, night and day, among them. 9. (1Co 9:4-6, etc.; Ga 6:6.)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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