2 Corinthians 11:13
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New International Version
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

New Living Translation
These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ.

English Standard Version
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

New American Standard Bible
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

King James Bible
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

International Standard Version
Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of the Messiah.

NET Bible
For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For these are false Apostles and treacherous workers and they liken themselves to the Apostles of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
People who brag like this are false apostles. They are dishonest workers, since they disguise themselves as Christ's apostles.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For these false apostles are deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

American King James Version
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

American Standard Version
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.

English Revised Version
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
For men of this stamp are sham apostles, dishonest workmen, assuming the garb of Apostles of Christ.

World English Bible
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as Christ's apostles.

Young's Literal Translation
for those such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:5-15 It is far better to be plain in speech, yet walking openly and consistently with the gospel, than to be admired by thousands, and be lifted up in pride, so as to disgrace the gospel by evil tempers and unholy lives. The apostle would not give room for any to accuse him of worldly designs in preaching the gospel, that others who opposed him at Corinth, might not in this respect gain advantage against him. Hypocrisy may be looked for, especially when we consider the great power which Satan, who rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience, has upon the minds of many. And as there are temptations to evil conduct, so there is equal danger on the other side. It serves Satan's purposes as well, to set up good works against the atonement of Christ, and salvation by faith and grace. But the end will discover those who are deceitful workers; their work will end in ruin. Satan will allow his ministers to preach either the law or the gospel separately; but the law as established by faith in Christ's righteousness and atonement, and the partaking of his Spirit, is the test of every false system.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - For such are false apostles. This, with 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16 and Philippians 3:2, is one of St. Paul's most passionate outbursts of plain speaking. "Now at length" says Bengel, "he calls a spade a spade." They were "false apostles" (Revelation 2:2), because a true apostle delivers the message of another, while these cared only for self (Romans 16:18). Deceitful workers. Workmen who cheat their employers (2 Corinthians 2:17; 2 Corinthians 4:2). Transforming themselves. The verb is the same as in 1 Corinthians 4:6 and Philippians 3:21, and does not occur elsewhere in the New Testament.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For such are false apostles,.... Such as those he had in view, who sought an occasion to depress him, and exalt themselves, and to get money from the Corinthians; these were "false apostles", or apostles falsely so called; they had the name, but not the thing; they were not called and sent forth by Christ; they had not the grace of apostleship, or gifts qualifying them for that high office; the power and authority they exercised was usurped by them; they could not prove their mission by true and real miracles; nor had they any seals of their apostleship, as those who were sent by Christ had:

deceitful workers; they went by the name of labourers in Christ's vineyard, when they were loiterers in it; they pretended to work, but did not; and to work for Christ, when they only served themselves, and their own bellies; they took upon them to interpret the Scriptures, but in a very fallacious manner; they walked in craftiness, and handled the word of God deceitfully, and lay in wait to deceive men; and were masters of so much art and cunning, that, if it was possible, they would have deceived the very elect:

transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ: not so much by putting on a like garb or dress, but by pretending to be of the same principles, and to follow their practices, and to pursue the same good ends in their ministrations.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. For—reason why he is unwilling they should be thought like him [Bengel].

such—they and those like them.

false apostles—those "overmuch apostles" (see on [2324]2Co 11:5) are no apostles at all.

deceitful workers—pretending to be "workmen" for the Lord, and really seeking their own gain.

2 Corinthians 11:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and the False Apostles
12But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 23:16
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

Jeremiah 27:14
Do not listen to the words of the prophets who say to you, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon,' for they are prophesying lies to you.

Acts 20:30
Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.

Galatians 1:7
which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.

Galatians 2:4
This matter arose because some false believers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves.

Philippians 1:15
It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.

Philippians 3:2
Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh.

Philippians 3:18
For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.

Titus 1:10
For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.

2 Peter 2:1
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves.

Revelation 2:2
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
Treasury of Scripture

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

false.

2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed …

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 …

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I …

Acts 15:1,24 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brothers, …

Acts 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

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

Galatians 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Galatians 2:4 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

Galatians 4:17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yes, they would exclude …

Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain …

Ephesians 4:14 That we from now on be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried …

Philippians 1:15,16 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will…

Colossians 2:4,8 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words…

1 Timothy 1:4-7 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister …

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

1 Timothy 6:3-5 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even …

2 Timothy 2:17-19 And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus…

2 Timothy 3:5-9 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such …

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

2 John 1:7-11 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that …

Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

Revelation 2:2,9,20 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

deceitful.

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Titus 1:10,11 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

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