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...In 2Thessalonians 3:10-("For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.") the word 'work' means 'effort in some direction'. It is also translated as 'minister', 'wrought', 'traded', etc.
    The verse means you should not support one whom you know for sure is a lazy no good bum who doesn't want to work. It doesn't mean that you don't give to a down and outer who's background you don't know. He may sincerely be in need of help. But if you see the same guy day after day for a few months and he's still in need, yet obviously mentally and/or physically capable of work, but seems to want to continually do nothing, then why support him?
    In the verse here, Paul was admonishing those who stopped working and were just waiting for what they thought would be Christ's imminent return; like 'let's all keep each other going till He comes back', perhaps with in mind somewhat like occurred upon the first day of Pentecost -Acts 2:44-47 "And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."

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