1 Thessalonians 2:3
New International Version
For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

New Living Translation
So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.

English Standard Version
For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive,

Berean Study Bible
For our appeal does not arise from deceit or ulterior motives or trickery.

Berean Literal Bible
For our exhortation was not of error, nor of impurity, nor in trickery;

New American Standard Bible
For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;

King James Bible
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Christian Standard Bible
For our exhortation didn't come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive.

Contemporary English Version
We didn't have any hidden motives when we won you over, and we didn't try to fool or trick anyone.

Good News Translation
Our appeal to you is not based on error or impure motives, nor do we try to trick anyone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For our exhortation didn't come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive.

International Standard Version
For our appeal to you does not spring from deceit, impure motives, or trickery.

NET Bible
For the appeal we make does not come from error or impurity or with deceit,

New Heart English Bible
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For our comfort was not from deception nor from impurity, nor by treachery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When we encouraged you, we didn't use unethical schemes, corrupt practices, or deception.

New American Standard 1977
For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit;

Jubilee Bible 2000
For our exhortation was not of error nor of uncleanness nor in guile,

King James 2000 Bible
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

American King James Version
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

American Standard Version
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit:

Darby Bible Translation
For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile;

English Revised Version
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

Webster's Bible Translation
For our exhortation was not from deceit, nor from impurity, nor in guile;

Weymouth New Testament
For our preaching was not grounded on a delusion, nor prompted by mingled motives, nor was there fraud in it.

World English Bible
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.

Young's Literal Translation
for our exhortation is not out of deceit, nor out of uncleanness, nor in guile,
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
2As you are aware, we had already endured suffering and shameful treatment in Philippi. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you. 3For our appeal does not arise from deceit or ulterior motives or trickery. 4Instead, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, not in order to please men but God, who examines our hearts.…
Cross References
Acts 4:36
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (meaning Son of Encouragement),

Acts 13:15
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the synagogue leaders sent word to them: "Brothers, if you have a word of encouragement for the people, please speak."

2 Corinthians 4:2
Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not practice deceit, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by open proclamation of the truth, we commend ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 6:8
through glory and dishonor, slander and praise; viewed as imposters, yet genuine;

1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness.

2 Thessalonians 2:11
For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie,

Treasury of Scripture

For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

1 Thessalonians 2:5,6,11
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: …

1 Thessalonians 4:1,2
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more…

Numbers 16:15
And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.







Lexicon
For
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

our
ἡμῶν (hēmōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

appeal
παράκλησις (paraklēsis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3874: From parakaleo; imploration, hortation, solace.

does not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

arise from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

deceit
πλάνης (planēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4106: Feminine of planos; objectively, fraudulence; subjectively, a straying from orthodoxy or piety.

[or]
οὐδὲ (oude)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3761: Neither, nor, not even, and not. From ou and de; not however, i.e. Neither, nor, not even.

ulterior motives
ἀκαθαρσίας (akatharsias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 167: Uncleanness, impurity. From akathartos; impurity, physically or morally.

[or]
οὐδὲ (oude)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3761: Neither, nor, not even, and not. From ou and de; not however, i.e. Neither, nor, not even.

trickery.
δόλῳ (dolō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1388: Deceit, guile, treachery. From an obsolete primary verb, dello; a trick, i.e. wile.
(3) "The reason that we were able to endure so much was our consciousness of the sincerity and purity of our attention."

Exhortation.--Exhortation is an attempt to make men take a particular line of action. "Our efforts to get men to act as we wish," St. Paul says, "do not spring from a desire to dupe them," etc. It is a question whether "of deceit" is the right rendering, or "of error," "all a mistake." If the latter, the argument would be that of Paley's Evidences, i.e., to deduce the truth of the revelation from the sufferings of its prophets. But the points raised in contrast, in 1Thessalonians 2:4-12, seem to preclude this meaning, which would be more likely to introduce some substantiation of the gospel truths, as in 2Peter 1:16.

Of uncleanness.--It is possible that the word only means "with impure (or covetous) motives;" but it probably refers to the subtle forms of temptation which often accompany spiritual work. See, for example, the Greek of 1Timothy 1:5; also 5:1, 2; 2Timothy 3:4-7.

In guile.--The preposition is changed;" nor yet by the use of tricks;" Not only were their motives sincere and pure, but their manner of dealing straightforward.

Verse 3. - For our exhortation. This word has a twofold signification, denoting both "exhortation" and "consolation;" when it refers to the moral conduct it denotes exhortation, but when it is an address to a sufferer it denotes consolation. In the gospel these two meanings are blended together. Was not of deceit. Not in the sense of guile, which would be tantological, but simply "error," without any direct evil intent; our gospel was not a delusion - we were not ourselves deceived. Nor of uncleanness; a word usually employed to denote sensuality, and in this sense the meaning is - We did not, like the heathen in their worship, give occasion to unclean practices: "We have corrupted no man" (2 Corinthians 7:2). The word, however, may be taken in a more general sense, as denoting impurity of disposition, impure motives: such as the impure desire of applause or of gain, to which the apostle afterwards alludes. Or of guile. As we were not ourselves deceived, so neither did we attempt to deceive others. The apostle did not adapt his religion, an. Mahomet, to suit the prejudices or passions of men; he did not employ any seductive or temporizing arts; but he boldly went in the face of the prevailing religions of the age, both of the Jews and of the Gentiles. 2:1-6 The apostle had no wordly design in his preaching. Suffering in a good cause should sharpen holy resolution. The gospel of Christ at first met with much opposition; and it was preached with contention, with striving in preaching, and against opposition. And as the matter of the apostle's exhortation was true and pure, the manner of his speaking was without guile. The gospel of Christ is designed for mortifying corrupt affections, and that men may be brought under the power of faith. This is the great motive to sincerity, to consider that God not only sees all we do, but knows our thoughts afar off, and searches the heart. And it is from this God who trieth our hearts, that we must receive our reward. The evidences of the apostle's sincerity were, that he avoided flattery and covetousness. He avoided ambition and vain-glory.
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