2 Corinthians 11:3
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New International Version
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

New Living Translation
But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.

English Standard Version
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

New American Standard Bible
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

King James Bible
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure devotion to Christ.

International Standard Version
However, I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from sincere and pure devotion to the Messiah.

NET Bible
But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I fear lest, as The Serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, that your minds may also in this way be corrupted from the simplicity that is in The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
However, I'm afraid that as the snake deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I fear that as the serpent deceived Eve through his craftiness, so your senses should be corrupted in some way, and ye should fall from the simplicity that is in the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his cunning, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

American King James Version
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

American Standard Version
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted, and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craft, [so] your thoughts should be corrupted from simplicity as to the Christ.

English Revised Version
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
But I am afraid that, as the serpent in his craftiness deceived Eve, so your minds may be led astray from their single-heartedness and their fidelity to Christ.

World English Bible
But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in the Christ;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:1-4 The apostle desired to preserve the Corinthians from being corrupted by the false apostles. There is but one Jesus, one Spirit, and one gospel, to be preached to them, and received by them; and why should any be prejudiced, by the devices of an adversary, against him who first taught them in faith? They should not listen to men, who, without cause, would draw them away from those who were the means of their conversion.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - I fear. Even now he would only contemplate their defection as a future dread, not as a present catastrophe. Lest by any means; lest haply (2 Corinthians 2:7; 2 Corinthians 9:4). As the serpent beguiled Eve. St. Paul merely touches on the central moral fact of the temptation and the Fall (Genesis 3:1-6). He enters into no speculation about the symbols, though, doubtless, like St. John (Revelation 12:9; Revelation 20:2), he would have identified the serpent with Satan (comp. 2 Corinthians 2:11 and Wisd. 2:23). Through his subtlety. The word means "crafty wickedness." It is used in 2 Corinthians 12:16, and is found in 2 Corinthians 4:2; Luke 20:23. Your minds; literally, your thoughts (2 Corinthians 2:11). Should be corrupted (comp. Colossians 2:4-8; 1 Timothy 4:1). The simplicity. The apostles always insisted on this virtue, but especially St. Paul, in whose Epistles the word (ἁπλότης occurs seven times. That is in Christ; rather, that is towards (literally, into) Christ; as Cranmer rendered it, "The perfect fidelity Which looks to him above."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But I fear lest by any means,.... Jealousy is always attended with fear, care, and solicitude, whether in things natural or spiritual. The apostle, as things were in this church, could not but express his fears, lest

as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety; that is, the old serpent the devil, who made use of a serpent, the most subtle creature of all the beasts of the field, and seduced Eve from her obedience to God, to transgress his command, by eating the forbidden fruit. The apostle here speaks the language and sense of the Jews, who say (p), that, "Satan and the serpent have one name", i.e. are the same; and that it was the old serpent (the devil), , "that beguiled Eve" (q), and who is said to be corrupted by him;

"the serpent (they say (r)) was corrupted first, after that, , "Eve was corrupted", and after that Adam was corrupted.''

So the apostle was jealous and fearful, knowing that the false apostles were ministers of Satan, artful and cunning men, lest, through their craftiness and sophistry,

your minds, says he,

should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ; that is, lest their judgments should be misled, their minds be vitiated with corrupt principles, and be carried away in any degree with the error of the wicked, from off the pure and simple doctrine of the Gospel, which respects the person and grace of Christ; and chiefly lies in this one plain, easy, and important truth, salvation alone by him. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "your minds should be corrupted, and should fall from the simplicity that is in Christ".

(p) Caphtor, fol. 93. 1.((q) Raya Mehimna in Zohar in Exod. fol. 50. 1.((r) T. Bab. Taanith, fol. 15. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. I fear—(2Co 12:20); not inconsistent with love. His source of fear was their yielding character.

subtilty—the utter foe of the "simplicity" which is intent on ONE object, Jesus, and seeks none "other," and no "other" and different Spirit (2Co 11:4); but loves him with tender SINGLENESS OF AFFECTION. Where Eve first gave way, was in mentally harboring for a moment the possibility insinuated by the serpent, of God not having her truest interests at heart, and of this "other" professing friend being more concerned for her than God.

corrupted—so as to lose their virgin purity through seducers (2Co 11:4). The same Greek stands for "minds" as for "thoughts" (2Co 10:5, also see on [2320]2Co 10:5); intents of the will, or mind. The oldest manuscripts after "simplicity," add, "and the purity" or "chastity."

in Christ—rather, "that is towards Christ."

2 Corinthians 11:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul and the False Apostles
2For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 3But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.…
Cross References
Genesis 3:1
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?"

Genesis 3:4
"You will not certainly die," the serpent said to the woman.

Genesis 3:13
Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

Genesis 3:20
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face.

Ephesians 4:14
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.

Ephesians 4:22
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

1 Timothy 2:14
And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

Revelation 12:9
The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Revelation 12:15
Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent.
Treasury of Scripture

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

I fear.

2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

2 Corinthians 12:20,21 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, …

Psalm 119:53 Horror has taken hold on me because of the wicked that forsake your law.

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into …

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey …

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

Philippians 3:18,19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

as.

Genesis 3:4,13 And the serpent said to the woman, You shall not surely die…

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the …

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

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

so.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

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 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall …

Acts 20:30,31 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, …

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into …

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

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey …

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

Ephesians 6:24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Colossians 2:4,8,18 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words…

2 Thessalonians 2:3-11 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, …

1 Timothy 1:3 As I sought you to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, …

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

2 Timothy 3:1-9,13 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…

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

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

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

2 Peter 2:1-14 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

2 Peter 3:3,17 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

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 …

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

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

the simplicity.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it …

Romans 16:18,19 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly…

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