2 Thessalonians 3:11

11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

Read 2 Thessalonians 3:11 Using Other Translations

For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.
Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business.

What does 2 Thessalonians 3:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Thessalonians 3:11

For we hear that there are some
This is the reason of the order or command given in ( 2 Thessalonians 3:6 ) for withdrawing from disorderly persons. When the apostle was with them, he observed that there were idle persons among them, and therefore gave orders then, that if they would not work, they should not eat; and in his former epistle, having intelligence that there were still such persons among them, he exhorts them to their duty, and puts the church upon admonishing them; and still information is given him, that there were some such persons yet among them; for as the apostle had the care of all the churches upon him, so he kept a correspondence with them, and by one means or another, by sending messengers to them, or by receiving letters from those he corresponded with, he learned the state of them; and his information was generally good, and what might be depended upon; see ( 1 Corinthians 1:11 ) as it was in this case relating to some persons: which walk among you disorderly; and who they were, and which also explains ( 2 Thessalonians 3:6 ) , are immediately observed: working not at all; at their callings, trades, and businesses in which they were brought up, but lived an idle and lazy life: and this was walking disorderly indeed, even contrary to the order of things before the fall, when man was in a state of innocence; for before sin entered into the world, Adam was put into the garden of Eden to keep and dress it; man was created an active creature, and made for work and business; and to live without, is contrary to the order of creation, as well as to the order of civil societies, and of religious ones, or churches, and even what irrational creatures do not.

But are busy bodies;
though they work not at all at their own business, yet are very busy in other men's matters, and have the affairs of kingdoms, and cities, and towns, and neighbourhoods, and churches, and families, upon their hands; which they thrust themselves into, and intermeddle with, though they have no business at all with them: these wander from house to house, and curiously inquire into personal and family affairs, are tattlers, full of prate and talk, and, like the Athenians, spend all their time in telling or hearing new things; and they also speak things which they should not; they carry tales from one to another, and privately whisper things to the disadvantage of their fellow creatures and Christians, and backbite and slander them. These are the pests of nations and neighbourhoods, the plagues of churches, and the scandal of human nature; see ( 1 Timothy 5:13 ) ( 1 Peter 4:15 ) .

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