2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 

‘That if any would not work, neither should he eat.’ This is a principle based upon the part of the curse to make a living by the sweat of the brow (Gen. 3:19). Idleness has always been a curse and always will be. It is wrong to support men who will not work and share their own responsibility.

‘For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly.’ How and by whom Paul learned of the state of the congregation is not known, but from this information, he wrote this epistle.

‘Working not at all.’ Either lounging around or becoming a religious gossip to stir up trouble.

‘Busybodies’ [Greek: periergazomai] to be busy with useless matters; doing everything that they should not do; meddlers in the business of others; prying into the domestic affairs of others. Such people are a curse to every neighbourhood and a plague to every religious group.

‘With quietness they work, and eat their own bread.’ [Greek: hesuchazo] Translated “be quiet” (1Thess. 4:11); “rest” (Luke 23:56); “cease” (Acts 21:14); and “hold one’s peace” (Luke 14:4; Acts 11:18). The thought is that of a disposition and life of peace, and contentment; even temperament; to be meek; and learn self-control in all things; not to permit anything to disturb or cause a display of temper tantrums or disturb the peace of others. There evidently were a few idle, tattling people in this church, who, instead of working, went from place to place carrying on religious gossip, meddling with the business of others, and causing splits or divisions. Hence, the commands to quit such practices, to do their own business, leave others alone, hold their peace, walk honestly toward the world, and work with their own hands so they would have no time to meander and gossip (1Thess. 4:11-12).

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