2 Corinthians 8:21
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New International Version
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

New Living Translation
We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable.

English Standard Version
for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.

Berean Study Bible
For we are taking great care to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men.

Berean Literal Bible
For we are taking great care to do what is right, not only before the Lord, but also before men.

New American Standard Bible
for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

King James Bible
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we are making provision for what is right, not only before the Lord but also before men.

International Standard Version
We intend to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of people.

NET Bible
For we are concerned about what is right not only before the Lord but also before men.

New Heart English Bible
Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For we are concerned for what is right, not only before God, but also before men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We intend to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of people.

New American Standard 1977
for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Jubilee Bible 2000
providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

King James 2000 Bible
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

American King James Version
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

American Standard Version
for we take thought for things honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we forecast what may be good not only before God, but also before men.

Darby Bible Translation
for we provide for things honest, not only before [the] Lord, but also before men.

English Revised Version
for we take thought for things honourable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Weymouth New Testament
For we seek not only God's approval of our integrity, but man's also.

World English Bible
Having regard for honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Young's Literal Translation
providing right things, not only before the Lord, but also before men;
Study Bible
Titus Commended
20We hope to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this generous gift. 21For we are taking great care to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of men. 22And we are sending along with them our brother, whose earnestness has been proven many times and in many ways, and now even more so by his great confidence in you.…
Cross References
Ruth 3:14
So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, "Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor."

Proverbs 3:4
So you will find favor and good repute In the sight of God and man.

Romans 12:17
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Carefully consider what is right in the eyes of everybody.

Romans 14:18
For whoever serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

2 Corinthians 8:20
We hope to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this generous gift.

2 Corinthians 8:22
And we are sending along with them our brother, whose earnestness has been proven many times and in many ways, and now even more so by his great confidence in you.

1 Timothy 3:7
Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil.

1 Peter 2:12
Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.
Treasury of Scripture

Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

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Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house…

Titus 2:5-8 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their …

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

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2 Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of …

2 Corinthians 5:9-11 Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him…

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, …

Matthew 6:1,4 Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: …

Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad …

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

(21) Providing for honest things . . .--Many of the best MSS. give: "For we provide for honest things," as though he gave the general principle on which he was now acting in this particular instance. The rule of life is repeated, a few months afterwards, in Romans 12:17. The English reader does not recognise the fact, which the Greek reader would see at once, that the words are a quotation from Proverbs 3:4. where the Greek version has: "Write them upon the table of thine heart, and thou shalt find favour. Provide things honest in the sight of God and man. The citation is interesting, as showing that even one who was taught by the Spirit, as St. Paul was, could yet find guidance for his daily conduct in a book which seems to many almost to be below the level of the spiritual life. In this case, had the Apostle had only the judgment of God to consider, he could with a pure conscience have taken up the money to Jerusalem by himself. But he had to consider that men were judging him, and might suspect him, and therefore he insisted, as has been said above, on having his accounts audited.

Verse 21. - Honest things. The word "honest" means "honourable" (Romans 12:17; Proverbs 3:4, LXX.). Not only in the sight of the Lord. Such precautions would be unnecessary if others were not concerned, for God knows our honesty (2 Corinthians 5:11). But also before men. Although the text "avoid all appearance of evil" should be rendered "avoid every species of evil," the mistranslation conveys a wise lesson. "In a field of melons," says the Chinese proverb. "do not stoop to tie your shoe;" for that will look as if you wanted to steal one of the melons. Providing for honest things,.... Or premeditating, forecasting, or considering before hand in the mind, things that are good, that are of good report among men, as well as accounted good by God; for it becomes professors of religion, and especially ministers of the Gospel, to be careful not only to exercise a good conscience towards God; but so to behave, that they may obtain and preserve the good opinion of men; for when they have once lost their credit and reputation among men, their ministry becomes in a great, measure useless; wherefore the apostle adds,

not only in the sight of the Lord: the same Lord as before, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is a diligent searcher of the hearts, and discerner of the thoughts, and observer of the ways and actions of all his people;

but also in the sight of men; not that the apostle affected a mere outside show, popular applause, and the praise of men; but was concerned lest any weak persons, by their conduct, should be stumbled and fall, the edification of any should be hindered, and their ministry become unprofitable. 21. The Septuagint (Pr 3:4; Ro 12:17). The oldest manuscripts read, "For we provide."

honest things—"things honorable."8:16-24 The apostle commends the brethren sent to collect their charity, that it might be known who they were, and how safely they might be trusted. It is the duty of all Christians to act prudently; to hinder, as far as we can, all unjust suspicions. It is needful, in the first place, to act uprightly in the sight of God, but things honest in the sight of men should also be attended to. A clear character, as well as a pure conscience, is requisite for usefulness. They brought glory to Christ as instruments, and had obtained honour from Christ to be counted faithful, and employed in his service. The good opinion others have of us, should be an argument with us to do well.
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