2 Corinthians 7:2
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New International Version
Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one.

New Living Translation
Please open your hearts to us. We have not done wrong to anyone, nor led anyone astray, nor taken advantage of anyone.

English Standard Version
Make room in your hearts for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.

Berean Study Bible
Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one.

Berean Literal Bible
Make room for us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one.

New American Standard Bible
Make room for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one.

King James Bible
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Accept us. We have wronged no one, corrupted no one, defrauded no one.

International Standard Version
Make room for us in your hearts! We have not treated anyone unjustly, harmed anyone, or cheated anyone.

NET Bible
Make room for us in your hearts; we have wronged no one, we have ruined no one, we have exploited no one.

New Heart English Bible
Open your hearts to us. We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Bear with us brethren. We have not done evil to anyone; we have not corrupted anyone; we have not cheated anyone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Open your hearts to us. We haven't treated anyone unjustly, ruined anyone, or cheated anyone.

New American Standard 1977
Make room for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

King James 2000 Bible
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

American King James Version
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

American Standard Version
Open your hearts to us: we wronged no man, we corrupted no man, we took advantage of no man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Receive us. We have injured no man, we have corrupted no man, we have overreached no man.

Darby Bible Translation
Receive us: we have injured no one, we have ruined no one, we have made gain of no one.

English Revised Version
Open your hearts to us: we wronged no man, we corrupted no man, we took advantage of no man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Weymouth New Testament
Make room for us in your hearts. There is not one of you whom we have wronged, not one to whom we have done harm, not one over whom we have gained any selfish advantage.

World English Bible
Open your hearts to us. We wronged no one. We corrupted no one. We took advantage of no one.

Young's Literal Translation
receive us; no one did we wrong; no one did we waste; no one did we defraud;
Study Bible
Paul's Joy in the Corinthians
1Therefore, beloved, since we have these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that defiles body and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2Make room for us in your hearts. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have exploited no one. 3I do not say this to condemn you. I have said before that you so occupy our hearts that we live and die together with you.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:12
It is not our affection, but yours that is restrained.

2 Corinthians 12:15
And for the sake of your souls, I will most gladly spend my money and myself. If I love you more, will you love me less?
Treasury of Scripture

Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.

Receive.

2 Corinthians 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool …

Matthew 10:14,40 And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you …

Luke 10:8 And into whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such …

Philippians 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such …

Colossians 4:10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner salutes you, and Marcus, sister's …

Philemon 1:12 Whom I have sent again: you therefore receive him, that is, my own bowels:

2 John 1:10 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him …

3 John 1:8-10 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers …

we have wronged.

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

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 6:3-7 Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed…

2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…

2 Corinthians 12:14-18 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not …

Numbers 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect not you their …

1 Samuel 12:3,4 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before …

Acts 20:33 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel.

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

1 Thessalonians 2:3-6,10 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile…

2 Thessalonians 3:7-9 For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not …

(2) Receive us; we have wronged no man.--Better, Make room for us; we wronged no man: with the same change of tense in the verbs that follow. There is an almost infinite pathos in that entreaty, uttered, we may well believe, as from the very depths of the soul--"Make room for us." The under-current of thought flows on. He had complained of their being straitened in their affections, had entreated that they would enlarge their hearts towards him, as his heart was enlarged towards them. He has travelled on--his thoughts turning now to the party of license, with whom he had pleaded so earnestly in 1 Corinthians 8-10--to the terribly unutterable contaminations to which they were exposing themselves by their companionship with idolaters. He now, almost, as it were, with sobs, entreats once more: "You can find a place for such as these in your heart. Have you no place for me?" In the words "we wronged no man" we find reference to charges of greed of gain and self-interested motives that had been whispered against him, and to which he refers again in 2Corinthians 8:20; 2Corinthians 12:18. Perhaps, also, he contrasts himself with others, who "did wrong and defrauded" (1Corinthians 6:8).

We have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man.--The word for "corrupt" is the same as that translated "defile" in 1Corinthians 3:17, and is used with manifest reference to sensual impurity in 2Peter 2:12; Jude 1:10; Revelation 19:2. The word for "defrauded" is not the same as that in 1Corinthians 6:8, and though meaning literally "to make a gain," or "seek a gain," had, with its cognate nouns, acquired a darker shade of meaning. The verb is used in obvious connection with impurity in 1Thessalonians 4:3-6, where see Note. The nouns often appear in closest companionship with those which indicate that form of evil (1Corinthians 5:10-11; Ephesians 5:5; 2Peter 2:14; Romans 1:29; Colossians 3:5). Mere greed of gain is commonly described by another word, which we translate "the love of money" (Luke 16:14; 1Timothy 6:10; 2Timothy 3:2). There seems, then, sufficient reason for connecting this verb also with the same class of sins. It would seem as if the word had colloquially acquired a secondary meaning, and was used of those who sought gain by ministering to the vice of others--who became, as it were, purveyors of impurity. The words, so understood, give us a momentary glimpse into a depth of evil from which we would willingly turn our eyes. But they leave no room for doubt that, in the infinite pruriency of such a city as Corinth, even such things as these had been said of the Apostle in the cynical jests of the paganising party of license. They tolerated such things themselves. They welcomed those who practised them to their friendship (1Corinthians 5:11). They whispered, we may well believe, of private interviews in lonely lodgings, of public gatherings at night of men and women, and of the kiss of peace. They insinuated that, after all, he was even such a one as themselves. So, in like manner, was the fair fame of a disciple of St. Paul's attacked by Martial, not apparently with malignity, but only in the wantonness of jest. (See Excursus on the Later. Years of St. Paul's Life, at the end of the Acts of the Apostles.) So like charges were levelled at the reputation of Athanasius (Sozomen. Hist. ii. 25), and of Hooker (Walton's Life). So, generally, it was the ever-recurring calumny of the heathen against the Christians that their Agapae, or Feasts of Love, were scenes of foulest license. It is obvious that there is much in the popular outcry against confession that partakes more or less of the same character. Against charges of this nature St. Paul utters his indignant denial: "No," he virtually says; "you find a place in your affections for those who do such things: can you not find a place also for us who are free from them?" The sense which some have given to the word "corrupt," as referring only to doctrinal corruptions, is manifestly out of the question.

Verse 2. - Receive us; rather, open your hearts to us; make room for us (comp. Mark 2:2; John 2:6). It is an appeal to them to get rid of the narrowness of heart, the constricted affections, of which he has complained in 2 Corinthians 6:12. We have wronged... corrupted... defrauded no man. The "no man" in the original is placed first, and this emphatic position, together with its triple repetition, marks St. Paul's insistence on the fact that, whatever his enemies might insinuate, there was no single member of their Church who could complain of injury, moral harm, or unfair treatment from him. Clearly he is again thinking of definite slanders against himself. His sternness to the offender may have been denounced as a wrong; his generous sanction of broad views about clean and unclean meats, idol-offerings, etc., may have been represented as corrupting others by false teaching (2 Corinthians 2:17) or bad example (2 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 4:6); his urgency about the collection for the saints (2 Corinthians 12:16; Acts 20:33), or his assertion of legitimate authority, may have been specified as greed for power. The verb pleonektein is often used in connection with other verbs, implying sensuality. It is difficult for us even to imagine that St. Paul had ever been charged with gross immorality; but it may have been so, for in a corrupt atmosphere everything is corrupt. Men like Nero and Heliogabalus, being themselves the vilest of men, openly declared their belief that no man was pure, and many in the heathen world may have been inclined to similar suspicions. Of Whitefield, the poet says -

"His sins were such as Sodom never knew,
And calumny stood up to swear all true."
We know too that the Christians were universally charged with Thyestean banquets and promiscuous licentiousness. It is, however, more natural to take pleonektein in its general sense, in which it means "to overreach," "to claim or seize more than one's just rights" (see 2 Corinthians 2:11) In 1 Corinthians 9:1-6 he is defending himself against similar charges, as also in this Epistle (2 Corinthians 5:12; 6:3; 10:7-11; 11; 12., passim). For similar strains of defence, see those of Moses and of Samuel. Receive us,.... Into your affections, let us have a place in your hearts, as you have in ours: Gospel ministers ought to be received with love and respect, both into the hearts and houses of the saints; for "he that receiveth you", says Christ, "receiveth me", Matthew 10:40. Their doctrines are to be received in the love of them, and with faith and meekness; and this may be another part of the apostle's meaning here; receive the word and ministry of reconciliation, which we as the ambassadors of Christ bring, and the several exhortations we give in his name, particularly the last mentioned: next follow reasons, or arguments, engaging, them to comply with this request,

we have wronged no man; we have done no man any injury in his person, estate, or name. There is one among you that has done wrong, and another among you that has suffered wrong, 2 Corinthians 7:12 and we have given very faithful advice to the church how to behave in this affair; but, in so doing, we have neither wronged him nor you; and as not in this, so neither in any other case: if I or my fellow apostles have wronged you in anything, it is in not being "burdensome" to you for our maintenance, "forgive me this wrong", 2 Corinthians 12:13 for in no other respect have we done you any: some understand this of any lordly power, or tyrannical domination they had exercised over them, denied by the apostle; we have not behaved in an insolent manner towards you, we have not lorded it over God's heritage, or claimed any dominion over your faith, or required any unreasonable obedience and submission from you:

we have corrupted no man; neither by our doctrines and principles, which are perfectly agreeable to the word of God, make for the good of souls, and tend to the glory of Christ; nor by our example, but have been careful to lead such lives and conversations as are becoming the Gospel of Christ, adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour, and are patterns to them that believe; nor have we corrupted by flatteries, or with bribes, any of the leading men among you, in order to gain their good will, and thereby respect and credit among others:

we have defrauded no man, or "coveted no man"; no man's silver, gold, or apparel; we have not sought yours, but you; not to amass wealth to ourselves, but that we might be useful to your souls, for your spiritual good, and serviceable to the glory of Christ; we have not through covetousness made merchandise of you, with feigned words, as the false apostles have done, therefore receive us. 2. Receive us—with enlarged hearts (2Co 6:13).

we have wronged … corrupter … defrauded no man—(compare 2Co 7:9). This is the ground on which he asks their reception of (making room for) him in their hearts. We wronged none by an undue exercise of apostolic authority; 2Co 7:13 gives an instance in point. We have corrupted none, namely, by beguilements and flatteries, while preaching "another Gospel," as the false teachers did (2Co 11:3, 4). We have defrauded none by "making a gain" of you (2Co 12:17). Modestly he leaves them to supply the positive good which he had done; suffering all things himself that they might be benefited (2Co 7:9, 12; 2Co 12:13).7:1-4 The promises of God are strong reasons for us to follow after holiness; we must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit. If we hope in God as our Father, we must seek to be holy as he is holy, and perfect as our Father in heaven. His grace, by the influences of his Spirit, alone can purify, but holiness should be the object of our constant prayers. If the ministers of the gospel are thought contemptible, there is danger lest the gospel itself be despised also; and though ministers must flatter none, yet they must be gentle towards all. Ministers may look for esteem and favour, when they can safely appeal to the people, that they have corrupted no man by false doctrines or flattering speeches; that they have defrauded no man; nor sought to promote their own interests so as to hurt any. It was affection to them made the apostle speak so freely to them, and caused him to glory of them, in all places, and upon all occasions.
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