Acts 18:3
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English Standard Version
and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.

King James Bible
And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

American Standard Version
and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and they wrought, for by their trade they were tentmakers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And because he was of the same trade, he remained with them, and wrought; (now they were tentmakers by trade.)

English Revised Version
and because he was of the same trade, he abode with them, and they wrought; for by their trade they were tentmakers.

Webster's Bible Translation
And because he was of the same occupation, he abode with them, and wrought (for by their occupation they were tent-makers)

Weymouth New Testament
and because he was of the same trade--that of tent-maker--he lodged with them and worked with them.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Of the same craft (ὁμότεχνον)

It was a Rabbinical principle that whoever does not teach his son a trade is as if he brought him up to be a robber. All the Rabbinical authorities in Christ's time, and later, were working at some trade. Hillel, Paul's teacher, was a wood-cutter, and his rival, Shammai, a carpenter. It is recorded of one of the celebrated Rabbis that he was in the habit of discoursing to his students from the top of a cask of his own making, which he carried every day to the academy.

Tent-makers (σκηνοποιοὶ)

Not weavers of the goat's-hair cloth of which tents were made, which could easily be procured at every large town in the Levant, but makers of tents used by shepherds and travellers. It was a trade lightly esteemed and poorly paid.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

and wrought.

Acts 20:34,35 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me...

1 Corinthians 4:12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

1 Corinthians 9:6-12 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working...

2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man...

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...

2 Thessalonians 3:8,9 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day...

Cross References
Acts 20:34
You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my necessities and to those who were with me.

1 Corinthians 4:12
and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;

1 Corinthians 9:12
If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:14
In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:15
But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting.

1 Corinthians 9:18
What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

2 Corinthians 11:7
Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God's gospel to you free of charge?

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