New International Version
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat."
King James Bible
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
Darby Bible Translation
For also when we were with you we enjoined you this, that if any man does not like to work, neither let him eat.
World English Bible
For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: "If anyone will not work, neither let him eat."
Young's Literal Translation
for even when we were with you, this we did command you, that if any one is not willing to work, neither let him eat,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If any would not work, neither should he eat - This is a just maxim, and universal nature inculcates it to man. If man will work, he may eat; if he do not work, he neither can eat, nor should he eat. The maxim is founded on these words of the Lord: In the sweat of thy brow thou shall eat bread. Industry is crowned with God's blessing; idleness is loaded with his curse. This maxim was a proverb among the Jews. Men who can work, and will rather support themselves by begging, should not get one morsel of bread. It is a sin to minister to necessities that are merely artificial.
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1 Thessalonians 3:4
In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,
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