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.

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.

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.

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;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

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.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

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).

2 Corinthians 7:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Joy in the Corinthians
1Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2Make room for us in your hearts; we wronged no one, we corrupted no one, we took advantage of no one. 3I do not speak to condemn you, for I have said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:12
We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us.

2 Corinthians 12:15
So I will very gladly spend for you everything I have and expend myself as well. 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 …

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