2 Corinthians 6:12
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New International Version
We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.

New Living Translation
There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us.

English Standard Version
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.

Berean Study Bible
It is not our affection, but yours that is restrained.

Berean Literal Bible
You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.

New American Standard Bible
You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.

King James Bible
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You are not limited by us, but you are limited by your own affections.

International Standard Version
We have not cut you off, but you have cut off your own feelings toward us.

NET Bible
Our affection for you is not restricted, but you are restricted in your affections for us.

New Heart English Bible
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your affections.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We haven't cut you off. Your own emotions have cut you off [from us].

New American Standard 1977
You are not restrained by us, but you are restrained in your own affections.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.

King James 2000 Bible
You are not constrained in us, but you are constrained in your own affections.

American King James Version
You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.

American Standard Version
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You are not straitened in us, but in your own bowels you are straitened.

Darby Bible Translation
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your affections;

English Revised Version
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own affections.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels.

Weymouth New Testament
There is no narrowness in our love to you: the narrowness is in your own feelings.

World English Bible
You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.

Young's Literal Translation
ye are not straitened in us, and ye are straitened in your own bowels,
Study Bible
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
11We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians. Our hearts are open wide. 12It is not our affection, but yours that is restrained. 13As a fair exchange, I ask you as my children: Open wide your hearts also.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:14
But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.

2 Corinthians 4:8
We are pressed on all sides, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;

2 Corinthians 7:2
Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one.
Treasury of Scripture

You are not straitened in us, but you are straitened in your own bowels.

are not.

Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: …

Job 36:16 Even so would he have removed you out of the strait into a broad …

Proverbs 4:12 When you go, your steps shall not be straitened; and when you run, …

Micah 2:7 O you that are named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD …

in your.

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels …

1 John 3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need, …

(12) Ye are not straitened in us.--The word presents a natural contrast to the expansion, the dilatation, of heart of the previous verse. There was no narrowness in him. In that large heart of his there was room for them and for a thousand others. It had, as it were, an infinite elasticity in its sympathies. The narrowness was found in their own "bowels"--i.e., in their own affections. They would not make room for him in those hearts that were so straitened by passions, and prejudices, and antipathies.

Verse 12. - Ye are not straitened in us. Any narrowing of the sympathy or straining of the relations between us does not rise in any way from me. (For the verb, see 2 Corinthians 4:8.) Ye are straitened in your own bowels; rather, in your own hearts. Any tightening or pressure of the feelings which should exist between us rises solely from your own hearts. Enlarge and open them, as I have done, and we shall once more love each other aright. The verb has already occurred in 2 Corinthians 4:8 ("distressed"). Your own bowels. It is to be regretted that the Authorized Version adopted the meaningless and often rather incongruous word "bowels" for the Greek word σπλάγχνα used in its Hebraic sense of "feelings," "affections" (Song of Solomon 5:4; Isaiah 16:11). This literalism is always out of place, and especially in Philemon 1:7, 12, 20. Ye are not straitened in us,.... The meaning of which is, either you are not brought into straits and difficulties by us; we do not afflict and distress you, or fill you with anguish and trouble;

but ye are straitened in your own bowels; you are distressed by some among yourselves, who ought not to be with you, with whom you should have no fellowship and communion: or thus, you have room enough in our hearts, our hearts are so enlarged with love to you, that they are large enough to hold you all; an expression, setting forth the exceeding great love, and strong affection the apostle bore to the Corinthians; when, on the other hand, they had but very little love to him comparatively; he had a heart to hold them all without being straitened for room; and among all them they could scarce find room enough in their hearts and affections for him. 12. Any constraint ye feel towards me, or narrowness of heart, is not from want of largeness of heart on my part towards you, but from want of it on your part towards me.

bowels—that is, affections (compare 2Co 12:15).

not straitened in us—that is, for want of room in our hearts to take you in.6:11-18 It is wrong for believers to join with the wicked and profane. The word unbeliever applies to all destitute of true faith. True pastors will caution their beloved children in the gospel, not to be unequally yoked. The fatal effects of neglecting Scripture precepts as to marriages clearly appear. Instead of a help meet, the union brings a snare. Those whose cross it is to be unequally united, without their wilful fault, may expect consolation under it; but when believers enter into such unions, against the express warnings of God's word, they must expect must distress. The caution also extends to common conversation. We should not join in friendship and acquaintance with wicked men and unbelievers. Though we cannot wholly avoid seeing and hearing, and being with such, yet we should never choose them for friends. We must not defile ourselves by converse with those who defile themselves with sin. Come out from the workers of iniquity, and separate from their vain and sinful pleasures and pursuits; from all conformity to the corruptions of this present evil world. If it be an envied privilege to be the son or daughter of an earthly prince, who can express the dignity and happiness of being sons and daughters of the Almighty?
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