2 Corinthians 11:14
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New International Version
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

New Living Translation
But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

English Standard Version
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Berean Study Bible
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Berean Literal Bible
And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

New American Standard Bible
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

King James Bible
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

International Standard Version
And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

NET Bible
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

New Heart English Bible
And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And not to wonder at this, for if he who is Satan resembles an Angel of light,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
And no wonder, even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

New American Standard 1977
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it is no marvel, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

King James 2000 Bible
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

American King James Version
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

American Standard Version
And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light.

Darby Bible Translation
And [it is] not wonderful, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

English Revised Version
And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light.

Webster's Bible Translation
And no wonder; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Weymouth New Testament
And no wonder. Satan, their master, can disguise himself as an angel of light.

World English Bible
And no wonder, for even Satan masquerades as an angel of light.

Young's Literal Translation
and no wonder -- for even the Adversary doth transform himself into a messenger of light;
Study Bible
Paul and the False Apostles
13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.…
Cross References
Matthew 4:10
"Away from me, Satan!" Jesus declared. "For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.'"

Galatians 1:8
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be under a divine curse!

Ephesians 6:12
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Colossians 1:12
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Colossians 1:13
He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of His beloved Son,
Treasury of Scripture

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

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2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant …

Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which …

Matthew 4:1-10 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted …

Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

(14) For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.--The present tense of the original excludes the thought that reference is made to any special incident (such as the appearance of Satan among "the sons of God," of Job 1:6) recorded in the Old Testament, or in tradition. The thought is rather that Satan is ever so transforming himself. If we are to look for any special allusion, we may find a possible explanation in the words "though we, or an angel from heaven," in Galatians 1:8. They suggest the thought, as at least a probable inference, that the Judaising teachers had claimed the authority of an angelic message for the gospel which they preached, and set this against the authority of the angelic visions which St. Luke had recorded in the case of Cornelius (Acts 10:2). It is probable, we may add, that the Christ-party at Corinth, as distinct from that of Cephas, had affinities with the Jewish sect of the Essenes, and they, we know, were addicted to the worship of angels (Jos. Wars, ii. 8, 6), and made much of revelations conveyed through their ministry. On this supposition St. Paul may, in his allusive way, mean to imply that they were mistaking a satanic for an angelic apparition. Something of the kind is obviously implied in the stress which St. Paul lays on his own visions and revelations in 2Corinthians 12:1.

Verse 14. - Even Satan ... angel of light. This is one of Satan's devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). The allusion may be to the temptation (Matthew 4:8, 9); or to the appearances of Satan with the angels before God in the Book of Job (Job 2:1); or perhaps to the Jewish hagadah, that the "angel" who wrestled with Jacob was in reality Satan. And no marvel,.... This need not be wondered at, nor is it any new or strange thing; nor should it be thought to be incredible that there are such persons in being:

for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light; a good angel, one that has his abode in the regions of light; and is possessed of divine and spiritual light and understanding; who is clothed and arrayed with light, this is his form and essence. The apostle speaks agreeably to the notion, of the Jews, who say (t),

"rwa Mh Mlk Mykalmhv, "that all the angels are light", the clothing of God himself;''

and they have a distinction between , "angels of the day", and angels of the night (u): now Satan, the enemy of mankind, sometimes appears in the form of one of these; as he did to Eve in the garden, and to Christ in the wilderness; and by such appearances he often imposes on mankind; pretends the greatest friendship, when he designs nothing but ruin; and under a notion of good, either honest, or pleasant, or profitable, draws on into the commission of the greatest evils; and, under a show of truth, introduces the most notorious falsehoods and errors; and, under a pretence of religion, all sorts of idolatry, superstition, and impiety; it is in this way he has succeeded in his enterprises and temptations; these are his wiles, stratagems, and cunning devices.

(t) R. Abraham Seba, Tzeror Hammor, fol. 18. 4. (u) Zohar in Numb. fol. 91. 1. & 93. 3.14. is transformed—rather, "transforms himself" (compare Job 1:6); habitually; the first occasion of his doing so was in tempting Eve. "Himself" is emphatical: If their master himself, who is the "prince of darkness," the most alien to light, does so, it is less marvellous in the case of them who are his servants (Lu 22:54; Eph 6:12).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.
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