2 Thessalonians 3:8
nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you;
We kept working. As in his first letter, Paul reminds the Thessalonians that he had been self-supporting during his stay in their city (1 Th. 2:9). Paul likely funded his ministry by making tents (Acts 18:3).
2 Thessalonians 3:9
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.
(a) The right to this. Those who preach the gospel have the right to earn a living from their work (1 Cor. 9:14), but Paul often waived this right. He didn’t want the delicate subject of money to hinder the gospel in any way.
(b) So that you would follow our example. Some of the Thessalonians were lazy (2 Th. 3:11). They needed someone to show them the meaning of hard work, and Paul was happy to oblige.
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