Proverbs 19
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Proverbs 21
2 Thessalonians 3

2 Thessalonians 310 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” 11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies.

I think Coffman offers a very apt commentary to these verses:

The shameful and unwholesome results of a weak and foolish system of charity which ignores this principle were outlined thus by W. F. Adeney:

  1. It injures the recipient. Idleness is a sin; and some of the worst trouble they had in Thessalonica came from that source.
  2. II. It injures the giver. The encouragement of idleness is a sin that must be attributed to the thoughtless or foolish scatterer of God’s gifts upon the undeserving.
  3. III. It injures those who are truly needy. The idlers are the more insistent and clamorous for support in their idleness; and all that is given to them is no longer available for those who have just claims upon the charity of others.
  4. IV. It injures the community. It destroys initiative, diminishes industry, and propagates the worst element in society.]

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