1 Thessalonians 2:5
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New International Version
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.

New Living Translation
Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money!

English Standard Version
For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.

Berean Study Bible
As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness!

Berean Literal Bible
For never at any time were we with word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is witness--

New American Standard Bible
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-- God is witness--

King James Bible
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives--God is our witness--

International Standard Version
As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!

NET Bible
For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is our witness--

New Heart English Bible
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For neither do we ever employ enticing speech as you know, neither an occasion for greed, God is witness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As you know, we never used flattery or schemes to make money. God is our witness!

New American Standard 1977
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,

King James 2000 Bible
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

American King James Version
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

American Standard Version
For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For neither have we used, at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness:

Darby Bible Translation
For we have not at any time been [among you] with flattering discourse, even as ye know, nor with a pretext for covetousness, God [is] witness;

English Revised Version
For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness, God is witness;

Webster's Bible Translation
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

Weymouth New Testament
For, as you are well aware, we have never used the language of flattery nor have we found pretexts for enriching ourselves--God is our witness;

World English Bible
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),

Young's Literal Translation
for at no time did we come with speech of flattery, (as ye have known,) nor in a pretext for covetousness, (God is witness!)
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
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! 6Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else, although as apostles of Christ we had authority to demand it.…
Cross References
Job 16:19
"Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven, And my advocate is on high.

Acts 20:33
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.

Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

1 Thessalonians 2:10
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless our conduct was among you who believed.

2 Peter 2:3
In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with tales they have concocted. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.
Treasury of Scripture

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

used.

Job 17:5 He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children …

Job 32:21,22 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give …

Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering …

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that …

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

a cloke.

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

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

Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

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

2 Corinthians 4:2 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 12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent to you?

1 Timothy 3:3,8 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

2 Peter 2:3,14,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

Revelation 18:12,13 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of …

God.

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.

(5) At any time.--Not only during the stay at Thessalonica, but neither at Thessalonica nor elsewhere, as the next verse shows. But as the Thessalonians can only be appealed to as evidence for their own experience, the writers therefore call God Himself to witness. At the same time, the absence of flattering words was a thing of which human witnesses could judge; the freedom from covetous designs was known to God alone.

Cloke of covetousness--i.e., some specious pretext, under cover of which we might gain a worldly advantage; so (though the Greek word is different) 1Peter 2:16, "a cloke of maliciousness."

Verse 5. - For; confirming the statement that the preachers of the gospel did not seek to please men, but God. Neither at any time used we flattering words; endeavoring to gain you by flattery and praise; we did not pander to your feelings; we did not soften the demands of the gospel. As ye know, nor a cloak - or pretext - of covetousness. We did not use the gospel as a pretext to mask our real motive, which was covetousness, pretending to seek your spiritual good, whereas in reality we sought our own advantage. Paul could with perfect confidence appeal to his converts, and say, "I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel" (Acts 20:33). He was free from all sinister motives. "He did not use words such as flattery uses, or pretexts such as covetousness" (Jowett). God is witness. Paul appeals to the Thessalonians themselves that he had not used flattering words; so now he appeals to God that the motive of his conduct was not covetousness. Men can judge the external conduct, they can hear the flattering words; but God only can know the motive of action - he only can discern the covetousness. For neither at any time used we flattering words,.... To introduce them into the affections, and gain the esteem and good will of men; they did not in their ministry deliver such things as flattered men with a good opinion of themselves: they did not preach up the purity of human nature, but on the contrary the doctrine of original sin, the imputation of Adam's transgression to his posterity, and the corruption of all human nature; they asserted the universal pollution of it, of all men, and of all the powers and faculties of their souls, that they are all under the power and dominion of sin, are involved in the guilt of it, and are all guilty before God, and liable to everlasting wrath and punishment; and that unless they repented of their sins and believed in Christ, they would perish eternally; thus they dealt roundly and freely with men's consciences, and plainly, openly, and faithfully told them their case as it was: nor did they cry up the power of man's free will, which would have been grateful to Jews and Gentiles; but they declared the reverse, they asserted the weakness and impotency of man, to anything that is spiritually good; and represented him as a weak and strengthless creature, and unable to do anything, even to think a good thought of himself; and ascribed all that a man is, or has, or does, that is good, to the grace and power of God, who works in him both to will and to do: nor did they plead for the sufficiency of man's righteousness to justify him before God, a doctrine very pleasing to human nature; but, on the contrary, they gave out that there was none righteous, no, not one of the sons of Adam, in and of themselves, or by virtue of any righteousness of their own; so far from it that they were full of all unrighteousness, and were not capable of working out a righteousness, or of attaining to the righteousness of the law; that what they did pretend to was not a justifying righteousness, and would give no right and title to eternal glory; and that the righteousness of Christ was the only righteousness, by which a man could be justified from all things, and in which he could be found safe. They did not blend and mix their doctrine to suit with the tastes of different men, but with all sincerity and plainness preached the truth, as it is in Jesus; they did not connive at the sins of men, cry Peace, Peace, when there was none, or sow pillows under their armholes, or promise them life, though they should not return from their wicked way; but they with great freedom inveighed against the sins of men, and exhorted them to repentance and reformation, as well as to faith in Christ for pardon and righteousness; nor did they wink at the sins of professors, or of one another, the Apostle Paul withstood Peter to the face because he was to be blamed; and when they praised men for their gifts and graces, and the exercise of them, they took care to ascribe them to the grace of God, and give him the glory, and prevent men from boasting in themselves; in short, they acted the reverse of the false teachers, who had men's persons in admiration because of advantage, and by good words and fair speeches deceived the hearts of the simple; but so did not the apostles of Christ, no, never, not "at any time": when they first came to Thessalonica during their stay there, either in public or in private: and though this was true of any other time and place, yet here must be confined to this, since the apostle appeals to this church for the truth of what he said,

as ye know; for flattering words may be discerned; a flatterer is known by his words; though in general such is the weakness of human nature, that men love to be flattered, though they know they are:

nor a cloak of covetousness; or "an occasion of" it, they did not take the opportunity or advantage by the ministry of the word, to indulge a covetous disposition, or to amass wealth and riches to themselves; or an "excuse" for covetousness, which covetous men are never at a loss to make, always pretending one thing or another to hide and cover their evil; but the apostles made no excuses, nor used any cloak, nor needed any to cover their covetousness, because they had not the thing; they did not pretend one thing and mean another; they did not, as the false apostles did, pretend to serve Christ, preach his Gospel, seek the glory of God and the good of souls, and mean themselves, and design their own worldly advantage; they did not make these a "pretence" for covetousness, they sincerely served Christ, faithfully preached his Gospel, truly sought the glory of God, and were heartily concerned for the good of souls without any mercenary and selfish views; for the truth of which they could appeal to the heart searching and rein-trying God, as the apostle here does, saying,

God is witness; which is properly an oath, a solemn appeal to God; for since covetousness is an internal and secret sin, and may be so coloured and disguised as not easily to be discerned, as flattering words may, the apostle therefore calls God to witness the truth of what he had said. 5. used we flattering words—literally, "become (that is, have we been found) in (the use of) language of flattery"; the resource of those who try to "please men."

as ye know—"Ye know" as to whether I flattered you; as to "covetousness," God, the Judge of the heart, alone can be "my witness."

cloak of—that is, any specious guise under which I might cloak "covetousness."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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