2 Thessalonians 3:9
Good News Translation
We did this, not because we do not have the right to demand our support; we did it to be an example for you to follow.

Contemporary English Version
We had the right not to work, but we wanted to set an example for you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us.

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Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us.

Not.

Matthew 10:10 Nor scrip for your journey, nor two coats, nor shoes, nor a staff; for the workman is worthy of his meat.

1 Corinthians 9:4-14 Have not we power to eat and to drink? . . .

Galatians 6:6 And let him that is instructed in the word communicate to him that instructeth him, in all good things.

1 Thessalonians 2:6 Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others.

to make.

2 Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us. For we were not disorderly among you.

John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that as I have done to you, so you do also.

1 Peter 2:21 For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.

Context
Warning against Irresponsibility
8Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing: but in labour and in toil we worked night and day, lest we should be chargeable to any of you. 9Not as if we had not power: but that we might give ourselves a pattern unto you, to imitate us. 10For also, when we were with you, this we declared to you: that, if any man will not work, neither let him eat.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:16
Wherefore, I beseech you, be ye followers of me as I also am of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:4
Have not we power to eat and to drink?

2 Thessalonians 3:7
For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us. For we were not disorderly among you.

1 Peter 5:3
Neither as lording it over the clergy but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart.

Additional Translations
Not that we lack this right, but we wanted to offer ourselves as an example for you to imitate.

not that we do not have the right, but that we may offer ourselves as an example to you for you to imitate us.

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

not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.

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

not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves a pattern to you to follow us.

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.

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

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