2 Thessalonians

King James Version (KJV)

King James Bible KJV

2 Thessalonians 3:9

“Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not because we haue not power, but to make our selues an ensample vnto you to follow vs.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, so that you might do the same.
- Basic English Bible

not that we have not the right, but that we might give ourselves as an example to you, in order to your imitating us.
- Darby Bible

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves a pattern to you to follow us.
- Webster's Bible

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.
- Weymouth Bible

not because we don't have the right, but to make ourselves an example to you, that you should imitate us.
- World English Bible

Not as we hadden not power, but that we schulden yyue vs silf ensaumple to you to sue vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

not because we have not authority, but that ourselves a pattern we might give to you, to imitate us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 2 Thessalonians 3:9

2Th 3:9 Not because we have not power. A right to support at your hands, But to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. But because we wished to set you an example of industry.

Discussion for 2 Thessalonians 3

  • Bruce
    Jim:We're in the tribulation. 2Timothy3:12 and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Acts14:22--we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. Mark13:24 But in those days after the tribulation the sun shall be darkened,--. Those who are called John6:44, forgiving 1John 1:9, Baptized with fire Matthew3:11, Will be changed 2Corinthians 5:17.YOU WILL KNOW!
  • Irene123
    To Jim - I've seen a couple of your statements; you are right on, so KEEP ON. God bless your convictions.
  • Word
    Jim there is going to be a lot of sad faces coming out of those 1 world churches after worshipping the false messiah at the 7th trump a shamed and not able to look in the face of the true Christ but they will say but Lord we preached in your name and we healed in your name and Christ will say, I don't know you. Not excepted at the wedding because they didn't seek real truth thinking just believe.
  • Jim
    It is amazing to me how many believers misunderstand Scripture! It is also very sad. The church is a distinct group and God's wrath is not for us! Chastening yes, God's wrath and the tribulation period no! These letters were written for the purpose of clear instruction and to comfort believers. Trust the Lord and prayerfully read His Word. He will teach you. He loves you. You belong to Him!
  • Lu2677
    Verse 2 is saying wicked men do not have faith. Ephesians 2:8 "By Grace you are saved, through faith; though not of yourself, it is the gift of God." Faith is given the moment a person is saved. It is only through faith that a person is able to believe in Jesus, and believe on him.

  • BSP
    Verse 2 shows that not all men have faith. This is something that has to be developed.

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