2 Corinthians 6:3
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New International Version
We put no stumbling block in anyone's path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.

New Living Translation
We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.

English Standard Version
We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,

Berean Study Bible
We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no one can discredit our ministry.

Berean Literal Bible
Placing no obstacle in anyone's way so that our ministry should not be blemished,

New American Standard Bible
giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,

King James Bible
Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.

International Standard Version
We do not put an obstacle in anyone's way. Otherwise, fault may be found with our ministry.

NET Bible
We do not give anyone an occasion for taking an offense in anything, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.

New Heart English Bible
We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Why should you give any person an occasion of stumbling in anything? Otherwise it would be a defect in our ministry.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We don't give people any opportunity to find fault with how we serve.

New American Standard 1977
giving no cause for offense in anything, in order that the ministry be not discredited,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry not be blamed,

King James 2000 Bible
Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed:

American King James Version
Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

American Standard Version
giving no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our ministration be not blamed;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed:

Darby Bible Translation
giving no manner of offence in anything, that the ministry be not blamed;

English Revised Version
giving no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our ministration be not blamed;

Webster's Bible Translation
Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

Weymouth New Testament
We endeavour to give people no cause for stumbling in anything, lest the work we are doing should fall into discredit.

World English Bible
We give no occasion of stumbling in anything, that our service may not be blamed,

Young's Literal Translation
in nothing giving any cause of offence, that the ministration may be not blamed,
Study Bible
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
2For He says: “In the time of favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is the time of favor; now is the day of salvation! 3We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no one can discredit our ministry. 4Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships, and calamities;…
Cross References
Acts 19:27
There is danger not only that our business will fall into disrepute, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited and her majesty deposed--she who is worshiped by all the province of Asia and the whole world."

1 Corinthians 8:9
Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

1 Corinthians 8:13
Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to stumble.

1 Corinthians 9:12
If others have this right to your support, shouldn't we have it all the more? But we did not exercise this right. Instead, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ.
Treasury of Scripture

Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

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

2 Corinthians 8:20 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which …

Matthew 17:27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go you to the sea, and …

Matthew 18:6 But whoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me…

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather…

1 Corinthians 8:9-13 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling …

1 Corinthians 9:12,22 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? …

1 Corinthians 10:23,24,32,33 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all …

(3) Giving no offence . . .--The participial construction is resumed from 2Corinthians 6:1, 2Corinthians 6:2 being treated as parenthetical. A subtle distinction in the two forms of the Greek negative suggests the thought that he is here giving, as it were, his own estimate of his aim and endeavour in his work. He avoids all occasion of offence, not because he fears censure for himself, but that "the ministry be not blamed."

Verse 3. - Giving no offence in anything. An undercurrent of necessary self defence runs through St. Paul's exhortation. The participle is, like "fellow workers," a nominative to "we exhort you" in ver. 1. Offence. The word here is not skandalon, which is so often rendered "offence," but proskope, which occurs here alone in the New Testament, and is not found in the LXX. It means "a cause of stumbling." Proskomma, a stumbling block, is used in 1 Corinthians 8:9. Be not blamed. When any just blame can be attached to the minister, the force of the ministry of reconciliation is fatally weakened. (For the word, see 2 Corinthians 8:20.) Giving no offence in anything,.... These words are in connection with 2 Corinthians 6:1 and to be considered either as a continuation of the exhortation to others, that they would take care to give no offence to any; or rather as an account the apostle gives of himself, and other ministers, by way of example; and is as if he had said, I Paul, Timotheus, Silvanus, and other ministers of the word, take all possible care to lay no stumblingblock in the way of the hearers of the Gospel; to give no offence to them that are without, or to them that are within, to Jew or Gentile, or to the church of God, neither by word nor writing, by doctrine or conversation, or in any way whatever: that the ministry be not blamed; the ministry of the word of reconciliation, which they had received of the Lord Jesus. The apostle knew there were persons enow who were waiting all opportunities, and taking all advantages to vilify and reproach the ministry of the Gospel, and so hinder its progress and spread; and that if that was once brought into contempt by the disagreeable conduct of the preachers of it, there would be but little hope of success from it. Some copies read, "our ministry"; and so the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions; the Ethiopic version reads, "your ministry". 3. Resuming the connection with 2Co 6:1, interrupted by the parenthetical 2Co 6:2. "Giving no offense" (compare 1Co 10:33), "approving ourselves," and all the other participles down to 2Co 6:10, are nominatives to "we also entreat you" (2Co 6:1), to show the pains he took to enforce his exhortation by example, as well as precept [Alford]. "Offense" would be given, if we were without "patience" and the other qualifications which he therefore subjoins (compare Ro 14:13).6:1-10 The gospel is a word of grace sounding in our ears. The gospel day is a day of salvation, the means of grace the means of salvation, the offers of the gospel the offers of salvation, and the present time the proper time to accept these offers. The morrow is none of ours: we know not what will be on the morrow, nor where we shall be. We now enjoy a day of grace; then let all be careful not to neglect it. Ministers of the gospel should look upon themselves as God's servants, and act in every thing suitably to that character. The apostle did so, by much patience in afflictions, by acting from good principles, and by due temper and behaviour. Believers, in this world, need the grace of God, to arm them against temptations, so as to bear the good report of men without pride; and so as to bear their reproaches with patience. They have nothing in themselves, but possess all things in Christ. Of such differences is a Christian's life made up, and through such a variety of conditions and reports, is our way to heaven; and we should be careful in all things to approve ourselves to God. The gospel, when faithfully preached, and fully received, betters the condition even of the poorest. They save what before they riotously spent, and diligently employ their time to useful purposes. They save and gain by religion, and thus are made rich, both for the world to come and for this, when compared with their sinful, profligate state, before they received the gospel.
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