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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.
King James Bible
Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
New King James Version
not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
New American Standard Bible
not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a role model for you, so that you would follow our example.
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.
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.
not because we do not have a right to such support, but [we provided our own financial support] to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.
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.
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.
American Standard Version
not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye 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.
Contemporary English Version
We had the right not to work, but we wanted to set an example for you.
Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us.
English Revised Version
not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.
Good News Translation
We did this, not because we do not have the right to demand our support; we did it to be an example for you to follow.
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.
International Standard Version
It is not as though we did not have that right, but we wanted to give you an example to follow.
Literal Standard Version
not because we have no authority, but that we might give ourselves to you [as] a pattern, to imitate us;
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.
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;
Additional Translations ...
ContextWarning 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.”…
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.
Matthew 10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat.
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 unto him that teacheth in all good things.
2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
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 a 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, a 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.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.
Strong's 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 1849: From exesti; privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competency, freedom, or mastery, delegated influence.
Strong's 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.
we wanted to
Strong's 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.
Reflexive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1438: Himself, herself, itself.
[as] an example
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5179: From tupto; a die, i.e. a stamp or scar; by analogy, a shape, i.e. A statue, style or resemblance; specially, a sampler, i.e. A model or instance.
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.
Strong's 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 3401: To imitate, follow. Middle voice from mimos; to imitate.
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NT Letters: 2 Thessalonians 3:9 Not because we don't have the right (2 Thess. 2 Thes. 2Th iiTh ii th)