2 Corinthians 2:11
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New International Version
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

New Living Translation
so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.

English Standard Version
so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

New American Standard Bible
so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

King James Bible
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have done this so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.

International Standard Version
so that we may not be outsmarted by Satan. After all, we are not unaware of his intentions.

NET Bible
so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes).

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lest Satan would overtake us, for we know his devices.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I don't want Satan to outwit us. After all, we are not ignorant about Satan's scheming.

Jubilee Bible 2000
lest Satan should deceive us, for we do not ignore his devices.

King James 2000 Bible
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

American King James Version
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

American Standard Version
that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That we be not overreached by Satan. For we are not ignorant of his devices.

Darby Bible Translation
that we might not have Satan get an advantage against us, for we are not ignorant of *his* thoughts.

English Revised Version
that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

Weymouth New Testament
for fear Satan should gain an advantage over us. For we are not ignorant of his devices.

World English Bible
that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

Young's Literal Translation
that we may not be over-reached by the Adversary, for of his devices we are not ignorant.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:5-11 The apostle desires them to receive the person who had done wrong, again into their communion; for he was aware of his fault, and much afflicted under his punishment. Even sorrow for sin should not unfit for other duties, and drive to despair. Not only was there danger last Satan should get advantage, by tempting the penitent to hard thoughts of God and religion, and so drive him to despair; but against the churches and the ministers of Christ, by bringing an evil report upon Christians as unforgiving; thus making divisions, and hindering the success of the ministry. In this, as in other things, wisdom is to be used, that the ministry may not be blamed for indulging sin on the one hand, or for too great severity towards sinners on the other hand. Satan has many plans to deceive, and knows how to make a bad use of our mistakes.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Lest Satan should get an advantage over us; literally, lest we should be overreached by Satan, which would have been the case if our severity had resulted in the desperation of the offender, and not in his deliverance (comp. 1 Corinthians 5:5). We are not ignorant of his devices. So too in Ephesians 6:11 we are told of the "crafty wiles of the devil."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us,.... Or make gain of us, or we should be circumvented by him; a metaphor taken from covetous persons, who take every occasion, and make use of every advantage to circumvent and deceive persons in trading with them: Satan gets an advantage of the churches, when church discipline is brought into neglect and contempt, or turned into tyranny; or when he can draw off any person from a church, or keep him out of it: wherefore the apostle's argument is, that since the incestuous person had true repentance for his sin, he ought to be forgiven, comforted, and received into the church; lest by too great severity, and a too long continuance of the censure on him, he should be either plunged into despair, or be drawn into a denial of the faith, or into an open scandalous course of wickedness; and so the church entirely lose a member, that might, by the proper use of discipline, have been an useful one, and Satan gain one:

for we are not ignorant of his devices; and cunning stratagems; some of his crafty contrivances and designs are known, though not all of them; and this particularly, that he sometimes transforms himself into an angel of light, and under pretence of showing a just indignation against sin, and keeping up a strict and righteous discipline, destroys souls, ruins churches, and brings religion into contempt. This was one of his devices in former times, that persons who fell into any gross sin after baptism, and a profession of religion, were never to be restored and received into the communion of the church again, let their repentance be ever so sincere. This cruel and inexorable spirit, under the show of strict religion and discipline, is what the apostle here would caution against, as one of the wiles of Satan.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Literally, "That we may have no advantage gained over us by Satan," namely, by letting one of our members be lost to us through despair, we ourselves furnishing Satan with the weapon, by our repulsive harshness to one now penitent. The loss of a single sinner is a common loss; therefore, in 2Co 2:10, he said, "for your sakes." Paul had "delivered" the offender "to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the Spirit might be saved" (1Co 5:5). Satan sought to destroy the spirit also: to let him do so, would be to give him an advantage, and let him overreach us.

not ignorant of his devices—"Ignorant" and "devices" are words akin in sound and root in Greek: we are not without knowledge of his knowing schemes.

2 Corinthians 2:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Reaffirm Your Love
10But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
Cross References
Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Luke 22:31
"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat.

2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

1 Peter 5:8
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
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