1 Thessalonians 2:3
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New International Version
For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

New Living Translation
So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.

English Standard Version
For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive,

Berean Study Bible
For our appeal does not arise from deceit or ulterior motives or trickery.

Berean Literal Bible
For our exhortation was not of error, nor of impurity, nor in trickery;

New American Standard Bible
For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;

King James Bible
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For our exhortation didn't come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive.

International Standard Version
For our appeal to you does not spring from deceit, impure motives, or trickery.

NET Bible
For the appeal we make does not come from error or impurity or with deceit,

New Heart English Bible
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For our comfort was not from deception nor from impurity, nor by treachery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When we encouraged you, we didn't use unethical schemes, corrupt practices, or deception.

New American Standard 1977
For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For our exhortation was not of error nor of uncleanness nor in guile,

King James 2000 Bible
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

American King James Version
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

American Standard Version
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit:

Darby Bible Translation
For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile;

English Revised Version
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Webster's Bible Translation
For our exhortation was not from deceit, nor from impurity, nor in guile;

Weymouth New Testament
For our preaching was not grounded on a delusion, nor prompted by mingled motives, nor was there fraud in it.

World English Bible
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.

Young's Literal Translation
for our exhortation is not out of deceit, nor out of uncleanness, nor in guile,
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
2As you are aware, we had already endured suffering and shameful treatment in Philippi. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you. 3For our appeal does not arise from deceit or ulterior motives or trickery. 4Instead, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, not in order to please men but God, who examines our hearts.…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement),

Acts 13:15
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent word to them: "Brothers, if you have a word of encouragement for the people, please speak."

2 Corinthians 4:2
Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by open proclamation of the truth, we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 6:8
through glory and dishonor, slander and praise; viewed as imposters, yet genuine;

1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness.

2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie,
Treasury of Scripture

For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1 Thessalonians 2:5,6,11 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

1 Thessalonians 4:1,2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

Numbers 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect not you their …

1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before …

Acts 20:33,34 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel…

2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 4:2,5 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we …

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

2 Corinthians 12:16-18 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I …

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known …

(3) "The reason that we were able to endure so much was our consciousness of the sincerity and purity of our attention."

Exhortation.--Exhortation is an attempt to make men take a particular line of action. "Our efforts to get men to act as we wish," St. Paul says, "do not spring from a desire to dupe them," etc. It is a question whether "of deceit" is the right rendering, or "of error," "all a mistake." If the latter, the argument would be that of Paley's Evidences, i.e., to deduce the truth of the revelation from the sufferings of its prophets. But the points raised in contrast, in 1Thessalonians 2:4-12, seem to preclude this meaning, which would be more likely to introduce some substantiation of the gospel truths, as in 2Peter 1:16.

Of uncleanness.--It is possible that the word only means "with impure (or covetous) motives;" but it probably refers to the subtle forms of temptation which often accompany spiritual work. See, for example, the Greek of 1Timothy 1:5; also 5:1, 2; 2Timothy 3:4-7.

In guile.--The preposition is changed;" nor yet by the use of tricks;" Not only were their motives sincere and pure, but their manner of dealing straightforward.

Verse 3. - For our exhortation. This word has a twofold signification, denoting both "exhortation" and "consolation;" when it refers to the moral conduct it denotes exhortation, but when it is an address to a sufferer it denotes consolation. In the gospel these two meanings are blended together. Was not of deceit. Not in the sense of guile, which would be tantological, but simply "error," without any direct evil intent; our gospel was not a delusion - we were not ourselves deceived. Nor of uncleanness; a word usually employed to denote sensuality, and in this sense the meaning is - We did not, like the heathen in their worship, give occasion to unclean practices: "We have corrupted no man" (2 Corinthians 7:2). The word, however, may be taken in a more general sense, as denoting impurity of disposition, impure motives: such as the impure desire of applause or of gain, to which the apostle afterwards alludes. Or of guile. As we were not ourselves deceived, so neither did we attempt to deceive others. The apostle did not adapt his religion, an. Mahomet, to suit the prejudices or passions of men; he did not employ any seductive or temporizing arts; but he boldly went in the face of the prevailing religions of the age, both of the Jews and of the Gentiles. For our exhortation,.... Or "consolation"; for the ministry of the Gospel, which is here meant, consists of doctrines full of comfort to distressed minds, such as free justification by the righteousness of Christ, full pardon by his blood, and complete satisfaction by his sacrifice; as well as of exhortations to the exercise of grace and discharge of duty: and this was

not of deceit; or "error", was not "fallacious", as the Ethiopic version renders it; it consisted of nothing but truth, it was the word of truth, and the truth as it is in Jesus; nor did it proceed from any intention to deceive and impose on persons; it was no imposture:

nor of uncleanness; it did not spring from any impure affection for any sin, for popular applause, or worldly interest; nor did the ministers of it connive at uncleanness in others, or practise it themselves, as did the false teachers; but bore their testimony against it, both by word and example, and taught no doctrine that encouraged to it; but, on the contrary, the doctrine which is according to godliness, and which teaches men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts:

nor in guile; as there was no deceitful design in the ministry of the word, nor anything impure and immoral in the matter of it; so there was no artifice used in the dispensing of it; it was plain and simple, without any colour and guile, without the hidden things of dishonesty, without craftiness and handling the word deceitfully; and this is a reason why the apostles preached it with so much freedom and boldness, because there was nothing false, impure, or artful in it. 3. For—The ground of his "boldness" (1Th 2:2), his freedom from all "deceit, uncleanness, and guile"; guile, before God, deceit (Greek, "imposture"), towards men (compare 2Co 1:12; 2:17; Eph 4:14); uncleanness, in relation to one's self (impure motives of carnal self-gratification in gain, 1Th 2:5), or lust; such as actuated false teachers of the Gentiles (Php 1:16; 2Pe 2:10, 14; Jude 8; Re 2:14, 15). So Simon Magus and Cerinthus taught [Estius].

exhortation—The Greek means "consolation" as well as "exhortation." The same Gospel which exhorts comforts. Its first lesson to each is that of peace in believing amidst outward and inward sorrows. It comforts them that mourn (compare 1Th 2:11; Isa 61:2, 3; 2Co 1:3, 4).

of—springing from—having its source in—deceit, etc.2:1-6 The apostle had no wordly design in his preaching. Suffering in a good cause should sharpen holy resolution. The gospel of Christ at first met with much opposition; and it was preached with contention, with striving in preaching, and against opposition. And as the matter of the apostle's exhortation was true and pure, the manner of his speaking was without guile. The gospel of Christ is designed for mortifying corrupt affections, and that men may be brought under the power of faith. This is the great motive to sincerity, to consider that God not only sees all we do, but knows our thoughts afar off, and searches the heart. And it is from this God who trieth our hearts, that we must receive our reward. The evidences of the apostle's sincerity were, that he avoided flattery and covetousness. He avoided ambition and vain-glory.
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