|New International Version (© 2011)|
You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions.
King James Bible
Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
American Standard Version
Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
Young's Literal Translation
and ye yourselves know that to my necessities, and to those who were with me, minister did these hands;
Acts 20:34 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
These hands have ministered, etc. - It was neither "sin nor discredit" for the apostle to work to maintain himself, when the circumstances of the Church were such that it could not support him. Still many eminent ministers of God are obliged to support themselves and their families, at least in part, in the same way, while indefatigably testifying the Gospel of the grace of God. Whatever it may be to the people, it is no cause of reproach to the minister, to be obliged thus to employ himself.
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Acts 18:3 And because he was of the same craft, he stayed with them, and worked: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
1 Corinthians 4:12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...
2 Thessalonians 3:8,9 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day...
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Acts 18:3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.
Acts 19:22 He sent two of his helpers, Timothy and Erastus, to Macedonia, while he stayed in the province of Asia a little longer.
Acts 19:29 Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul's traveling companions from Macedonia, and all of them rushed into the theater together.
Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
Titus 3:15 Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.