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1 Thessalonians 4:11

by Don Costello  
11/08/2008 / Bible Studies

1 Thessalonians 4:11
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

1."And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business"

a. study [5389 * philotimeomai; philos-a friend; time-honor] [Zodhiates: To make something an ambition, aspire.]

b. quiet [2270 * heschazo] [Zodhiates: to rest from labor, to be quiet, live quietly, to be silent, not speaking.

c. your own business [2398 * idios] [Zodhiates: properly one's own, as pertaining to a private person and not to the public, private, individual, as opposed to public, open.]

d. Amplified Bible: "To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs"

2. "and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;"

a. work [2038 * ergazomai] [Zodhiates: to work or labor.]

b. your own [2398 * idios] See above.

c. hands [5495 * cherios] [Zodhiates: the hand.]

d. commanded [3853 * paraggello] [Zodhiates: to pass on an announcement, to advance an order, charge, or command.]

e. We are commanded to work, to have a job. Labor is an institution created by God, not man. In fact, labor as an institution was created before man.

1). Genesis 2:1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God had created and made."

a). Since the act of creating is a "work", a "labor", when God created the angels, which was before he created the heavens and the earth, the institution of labor was created before the earth was created.

b). Hebrews 1:7; Psalm 104:4.

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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