1 Thessalonians 2:4
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New International Version
On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.

New Living Translation
For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts.

English Standard Version
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.

Berean Study Bible
Instead, 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.

Berean Literal Bible
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, the One examining our hearts.

New American Standard Bible
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.

King James Bible
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but rather God, who examines our hearts.

International Standard Version
Rather, because we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, we speak as we do, not trying to please people but God, who tests our motives.

NET Bible
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we declare it, not to please people but God, who examines our hearts.

New Heart English Bible
But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But as when we were tested by God to be entrusted with his Gospel, so we speak, not as if we would please the children of men, but God who tests our hearts.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rather, we are always spreading the Good News. God trusts us to do this because we passed his test. We don't try to please people but God, who tests our motives.

New American Standard 1977
but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men but God, who examines our hearts.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but because we have been approved of God that he might entrust us with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who tries our hearts.

King James 2000 Bible
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.

American King James Version
But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.

American Standard Version
but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God who proveth our hearts.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as we were approved by God that the gospel should be committed to us: even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts.

Darby Bible Translation
but even as we have been approved of God to have the glad tidings entrusted to us, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who proves our hearts.

English Revised Version
but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God which proveth our hearts.

Webster's Bible Translation
But as we were allowed by God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who trieth our hearts.

Weymouth New Testament
But as God tested and approved us before entrusting us with His Good News, so in what we say we are seeking not to please men but to please God, who tests and approves our motives.

World English Bible
But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.

Young's Literal Translation
but as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the good news, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who is proving our hearts,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
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. 5As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness!…
Cross References
Psalm 139:23
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

Romans 8:27
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not like so many others, who peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as men sent from God.

Galatians 1:10
Am I now seeking the approval of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 2:7
On the contrary, they saw that I had been entrusted to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, just as Peter had been to the Jews.

1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should speak as one conveying the words of God. If anyone serves, he should serve with the strength God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
Treasury of Scripture

But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which tries our hearts.

as we.

1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

Ephesians 3:8 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given…

1 Timothy 1:11-13 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

to be.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom …

Luke 16:11 If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, …

1 Corinthians 4:1,2 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards …

1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against …

Galatians 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision …

1 Timothy 1:11,12 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane …

2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed to you keep by the Holy Ghost …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

Titus 1:3 But has in due times manifested his word through preaching, which …

not.

1 Corinthians 2:4,5 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's …

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

2 Corinthians 5:11,16 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we …

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Ephesians 6:6 Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, …

Colossians 3:22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; …

but God.

Numbers 27:16 Let the LORD, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over …

1 Kings 8:39 Then hear you in heaven your dwelling place, and forgive, and do, …

1 Chronicles 29:17 I know also, my God, that you try the heart, and have pleasure in …

Psalm 7:9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish …

Psalm 17:3 You have proved my heart; you have visited me in the night; you have …

Psalm 44:21 Shall not God search this out? for he knows the secrets of the heart.

Psalm 139:1,2 O lord, you have searched me, and known me…

Proverbs 17:3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD …

Jeremiah 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every …

Jeremiah 32:19 Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for your eyes are open on all …

John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit himself to them, because he knew all men…

John 21:17 He said to him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? …

Romans 8:27 And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit…

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

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