2 Corinthians 4:5
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New International Version
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

New Living Translation
You see, we don't go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus' sake.

English Standard Version
For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.

New American Standard Bible
For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake.

King James Bible
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we are not proclaiming ourselves but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves because of Jesus.

International Standard Version
For we do not preach ourselves, but rather Jesus the Messiah as Lord, and ourselves as merely your servants for Jesus' sake.

NET Bible
For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we have not been preaching ourselves, but The Messiah Yeshua, Our Lord; but we ourselves are your Servants for Yeshua's sake.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Our message is not about ourselves. It is about Jesus Christ as the Lord. We are your servants for his sake.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your slaves for Jesus' sake.

King James 2000 Bible
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

American King James Version
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

American Standard Version
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus'sake.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we preach not ourselves, but Jesus Christ our Lord; and ourselves your servants through Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus Lord, and ourselves your bondmen for Jesus' sake.

English Revised Version
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

Webster's Bible Translation
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
For we don't preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake;

Young's Literal Translation
for not ourselves do we preach, but Christ Jesus -- Lord, and ourselves your servants because of Jesus;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-7 The best of men would faint, if they did not receive mercy from God. And that mercy which has helped us out, and helped us on, hitherto, we may rely upon to help us even to the end. The apostles had no base and wicked designs, covered with fair and specious pretences. They did not try to make their ministry serve a turn. Sincerity or uprightness will keep the favourable opinion of wise and good men. Christ by his gospel makes a glorious discovery to the minds of men. But the design of the devil is, to keep men in ignorance; and when he cannot keep the light of the gospel of Christ out of the world, he spares no pains to keep men from the gospel, or to set them against it. The rejection of the gospel is here traced to the wilful blindness and wickedness of the human heart. Self was not the matter or the end of the apostles' preaching; they preached Christ as Jesus, the Saviour and Deliverer, who saves to the uttermost all that come to God through him. Ministers are servants to the souls of men; they must avoid becoming servants to the humours or the lusts of men. It is pleasant to behold the sun in the firmament; but it is more pleasant and profitable for the gospel to shine in the heart. As light was the beginning of the first creation; so, in the new creation, the light of the Spirit is his first work upon the soul. The treasure of gospel light and grace is put into earthen vessels. The ministers of the gospel are subject to the same passions and weaknesses as other men. God could have sent angels to make known the glorious doctrine of the gospel, or could have sent the most admired sons of men to teach the nations, but he chose humbler, weaker vessels, that his power might be more glorified in upholding them, and in the blessed change wrought by their ministry.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - For we preach not ourselves. There is no glory or illumination on our faces, and we have no personal ends to gain, nor are we "lords" over your faith. This is, perhaps, meant as an answer to some charge of egotism. The Lord; rather, as Lord (Philippians 2:11; 1 Corinthians 12:3). Your servants; literally, your slaves (1 Corinthians 9:19). For Jesus' sake. So Christ had himself desired (Matthew 20:27).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For we preach not ourselves,.... These words contain a reason why the apostles behaved themselves in the manner described, 2 Corinthians 4:2 and serve to explain in what sense this inspired writer is to be understood, when he calls the Gospel our Gospel, 2 Corinthians 4:3 and most clearly proves the Gospel to be a glorious one, which he had asserted, 2 Corinthians 4:4 since Christ, and not themselves, is the subject of it, "for we preach not ourselves". They did not preach any doctrine of their own devising; they did not set up themselves as lords over the faith and consciences of men; nor was their view in preaching to set forth their learning, parts, and eloquence, or to amass wealth and riches to themselves; nor did they assert the purity of human nature, or the power of man to do anything of himself that is spiritually good; or that justification and salvation are by works of righteousness done by men. To do any, or each, or all of these, as did the false apostles, is to preach a man's self: but so did not these faithful dispensers of the word, but they

preached Christ Jesus the Lord; that is, the doctrines respecting the person, office, and grace of Christ; as that he is truly and properly God, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, God and man in one person, the only Mediator between God and man, and the Saviour and Redeemer of lost sinners; that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the true Messiah; and that this Christ is Jesus, a Saviour, the only able and willing one; and that this Jesus Christ is "Lord" of all, especially of the saints; not only as Creator, but as their head, husband, and Redeemer; that peace and reconciliation, pardon and righteousness, life and salvation, are only by him: and they also declared themselves the servants of the churches,

and ourselves your servants. The apostle does not say they were the servants of Christ, though they were, and esteemed it their greatest honour to be so; for he had no need to observe this, since this is included in their preaching him as "Lord": nor does he say they were the servants of men, or menpleasers, for then they would not be the servants of Christ; but he asserts them to be the servants of the churches: and which must be understood, not with respect to things temporal, with which they had no concern; but with regard to things spiritual, particularly to the ministration of the word, and administration of ordinances: and this they professed to be,

for Jesus' sake; either for the sake of preaching Christ unto them; or because they were chosen and called by him to this service, and in which they were willing to continue, for the sake of his honour and interest.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. For—Their blindness is not our fault, as if we had self-seeking aims in our preaching.

preach … Christ … the Lord—rather, "Christ as Lord," and ourselves as your servants, &c. "Lord," or "Master," is the correlative term to "servants."

2 Corinthians 4:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Light of the Gospel
4in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake. 6For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:15
Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:19
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

1 Thessalonians 2:6
We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.
Treasury of Scripture

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

we.

Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he that comes …

John 1:21-23 And they asked him, What then? Are you Elias? And he said, I am not. …

John 3:27-31 John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given …

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks …

Acts 3:12,13 And when Peter saw it, he answered to the people, You men of Israel, …

Acts 8:9,10 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the …

Acts 10:25,26 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his …

Acts 14:11-15 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their …

Romans 15:17,18 I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those …

1 Corinthians 1:13-15,23 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were you baptized …

1 Corinthians 3:5,6 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, …

1 Corinthians 10:33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, …

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

1 Thessalonians 2:5,6 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor …

Titus 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching …

1 Peter 5:2-5 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Christ.

2 Corinthians 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, …

Matthew 23:8 But be not you called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; …

Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God has …

Acts 5:31 Him has God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

Romans 14:8,9 For whether we live, we live to the Lord; and whether we die, we …

1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and …

1 Corinthians 2:2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, …

1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, …

1 Corinthians 12:3 Why I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit …

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to …

and.

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Matthew 20:25-27 But Jesus called them to him, and said, You know that the princes …

Luke 22:25,26 And he said to them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them…

John 13:14,15 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also …

Romans 15:1,2 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant …

Galatians 5:13 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

2 Timothy 2:10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may …

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