2 Corinthians 11:15
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New International Version
It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

New Living Translation
So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.

English Standard Version
So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

King James Bible
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So it is no great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their destiny will be according to their works.

International Standard Version
So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!

NET Bible
Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is not a great matter if also his Ministers imitate Ministers of righteousness, those whose end will be like their works.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So it's not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants who have God's approval. In the end they will get what they deserve.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers transform themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

American King James Version
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

American Standard Version
It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works.

Darby Bible Translation
It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

English Revised Version
It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also are transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Weymouth New Testament
It is therefore no great thing for his servants also to disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be in accordance with their actions.

World English Bible
It is no great thing therefore if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

Young's Literal Translation
no great thing, then, if also his ministrants do transform themselves as ministrants of righteousness -- whose end shall be according to their works.
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 15. - Whose end shall be according to their works. Whatever their fashion (schema), they shall be judged, not by what they seem, but by what they are, as shown by their works.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Therefore it is no great thing,.... It is no strange and wonderful thing; it may easily be given into; no man need to make any doubt of it, or hesitate concerning it, since the devil himself, who is an angel of darkness, is transformed into an angel of light:

if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; not that they really are transformed into such ministers, but they appear and look like such; they are not really, but "as the ministers of righteousness"; they put on the form and air of faithful upright ministers of the word, and would be thought to be such; they mimic Gospel preachers, who assert the doctrine of justification by the righteousness of Christ, though they most miserably corrupt it, and blend it with something of their own; and which they endeavour to palliate, and cover from the sight of men; and especially they set up themselves as such, by pretending to be great friends to holiness and good works, which they press with much vehemence, and oppose to the doctrines of grace, with all their might and main; in doing which, they greatly serve their master, whose ministers they are; and who well knows that the doctrine of works may do much prejudice to the Gospel interest, and churches of Christ, but will never convert nor save one soul: a dreadful character these men have, for though they would pass for ministers of righteousness, friends to holiness, and men zealous of good works, they are no other than ministers of Satan, doing his work, serving his interest, and propagating his kingdom, which is a kingdom of darkness:

whose end shall be according to their works; for either God will make public examples of them in this world, or if they are not made manifest here, though they may deceive themselves and others, they cannot deceive God; he will take off the mask, their hypocrisy shall be detected, their evil works will be laid open, and they will be judged according to them, and condemned for them to everlasting punishment.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. no great thing—no difficult matter.

if his ministers also—as well as himself.

righteousness—answering to "light" (2Co 11:14); the manifestation wherewith God reveals Himself in Christ (Mt 6:33; Ro 1:17).

end—The test of things is the end which strips off every specious form into which Satan's agents may now "transform" themselves (compare Php 3:19, 21).

according to their works—not according to their pretensions.

2 Corinthians 11:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and the False Apostles
14No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
Cross References
Romans 2:6
God "will repay each person according to what they have done."

Romans 3:8
Why not say--as some slanderously claim that we say--"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is just!
Treasury of Scripture

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

no.

2 Kings 5:13 And his servants came near, and spoke to him, and said, My father, …

1 Corinthians 9:11 If we have sown to you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we …

his.

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

Acts 13:10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, you child of the …

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, …

Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless …

Revelation 13:2,14 And the beast which I saw was like to a leopard, and his feet were …

Revelation 19:19-21 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, …

Revelation 20:2,3,7-10 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, …

the ministers.

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors …

2 Corinthians 3:9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more does …

whose.

Isaiah 9:14,15 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Jeremiah 23:14,15 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: …

Jeremiah 28:15-17 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, …

Jeremiah 29:32 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah the …

Ezekiel 13:10-15,22 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; …

Matthew 7:15,16 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

Galatians 1:8,9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

Philippians 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory …

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume …

2 Peter 2:3,13-22 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:4,10-13 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old …

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