2 Thessalonians 3:12

Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
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Ambrosiaster

AD 400
In order to convince them more easily, Paul interjects the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and encourages them to obey what is useful for them.

Basil the Great

AD 379
This we must also keep in mind—that he who labos ought to pefom his task not fo the pupose of ministeing to his own needs but that he may accomplish the Lod’s command, “I was hungy and you gave me to eat,” and so on. To be concened fo oneself is stictly fobidden by the Lod in the wods, “Be not concened fo you life, what you shall eat, no fo you body, what you shall put on,” and he adds, “fo the heathens seek afte all these things.” Eveyone, theefoe, in doing his wok, should place befoe himself the aim of sevice to the needy and not his own satisfaction. Thus, he will escape the chage of selflove and eceive the blessing fo fatenal chaity fom the Lod, who said, “As long as you did it to one of these, the least of my bothes, you did it to me.” No should anyone think that the apostle is at vaiance with ou ule when he says, “that woking they would eat thei own bead.” This is addessed to the unuly and indolent, and means that it is bette fo each peson to ministe to himself at least and not b...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Eat their own bread, which they work for, and deserve, not that of others. (Witham)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
That work not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because he had touched them severely, wishing to render his discourse more mild, he adds, through the Lord, again what is authoritivate and fearful. That with quietness, he says, they work, and eat their own bread. For why has he not said, But if they are not disorderly let them be maintained by you; but requires both, that they be quiet, and that they work? That they may eat their own bread, says he, not that of another.

Thietland of Einsiedeln

AD 1000
Why does he direct them to eat their bread in silence? Plainly, lest they lose by immoderation of language the work which they acquired for their sustenance and that of others.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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