1 Thessalonians 2:5
New International Version
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed--God is our witness.

New Living Translation
Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money!

English Standard Version
For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.

Berean Study Bible
As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness!

Berean Literal Bible
For never at any time were we with word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is witness--

New American Standard Bible
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-- God is witness--

King James Bible
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

Christian Standard Bible
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives--God is our witness--

Contemporary English Version
You also know we didn't try to flatter anyone. God himself knows what we did wasn't a cover-up for greed.

Good News Translation
You know very well that we did not come to you with flattering talk, nor did we use words to cover up greed--God is our witness!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives--God is our witness--

International Standard Version
As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!

NET Bible
For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is our witness--

New Heart English Bible
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For neither do we ever employ enticing speech as you know, neither an occasion for greed, God is witness,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As you know, we never used flattery or schemes to make money. God is our witness!

New American Standard 1977
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—

Jubilee Bible 2000
For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,

King James 2000 Bible
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

American King James Version
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

American Standard Version
For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For neither have we used, at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness:

Darby Bible Translation
For we have not at any time been [among you] with flattering discourse, even as ye know, nor with a pretext for covetousness, God [is] witness;

English Revised Version
For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness, God is witness;

Webster's Bible Translation
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

Weymouth New Testament
For, as you are well aware, we have never used the language of flattery nor have we found pretexts for enriching ourselves--God is our witness;

World English Bible
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),

Young's Literal Translation
for at no time did we come with speech of flattery, (as ye have known,) nor in a pretext for covetousness, (God is witness!)
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Paul's Ministry
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. 5As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness! 6Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else, although as apostles of Christ we had authority to demand it.…
Cross References
Job 16:19
Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is on high!

Acts 20:33
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.

Romans 1:9
God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you

1 Thessalonians 2:10
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless our conduct was among you who believed.

2 Peter 2:3
In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with tales they have concocted. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.

Treasury of Scripture

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

used.

Job 17:5 He that speaks flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children …

Job 32:21,22 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give …

Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Proverbs 26:28 A lying tongue hates those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering …

Proverbs 28:23 He that rebukes a man afterwards shall find more favor than he that …

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Matthew 22:16 And they sent out to him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

a cloke.

Isaiah 56:11 Yes, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are …

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even to the greatest of them every one …

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

Micah 3:5 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Malachi 1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nothing? …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

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…

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

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

2 Corinthians 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we …

2 Corinthians 12:17 Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent to you?

1 Timothy 3:3,8 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

1 Peter 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, …

2 Peter 2:3,14,15 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

Jude 1:11 Woe to them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily …

Revelation 18:12,13 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of …

God.

Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son…

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God, I lie not.







Lexicon
As
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

you know,
οἴδατε (oidate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

we never used
ἐγενήθημεν (egenēthēmen)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

words
λόγῳ (logō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.

of flattery
κολακείας (kolakeias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2850: Flattery, with a view to advantage or gain. From a derivative of kolax; flattery.

[or]
οὔτε (oute)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3777: And not, neither, nor. From ou and te; not too, i.e. Neither or nor; by analogy, not even.

[any] pretext
προφάσει (prophasei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4392: A pretext, an excuse. From a compound of pro and phaino; an outward showing, i.e. Pretext.

for greed.
πλεονεξίας (pleonexias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4124: Covetousness, avarice, aggression, desire for advantage. From pleonektes; avarice, i.e. fraudulency, extortion.

God [is]
Θεὸς (Theos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

[our] witness!
μάρτυς (martys)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3144: A witness (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case); by analogy, a 'martyr'.
(5) At any time.--Not only during the stay at Thessalonica, but neither at Thessalonica nor elsewhere, as the next verse shows. But as the Thessalonians can only be appealed to as evidence for their own experience, the writers therefore call God Himself to witness. At the same time, the absence of flattering words was a thing of which human witnesses could judge; the freedom from covetous designs was known to God alone.

Cloke of covetousness--i.e., some specious pretext, under cover of which we might gain a worldly advantage; so (though the Greek word is different) 1Peter 2:16, "a cloke of maliciousness."

Verse 5. - For; confirming the statement that the preachers of the gospel did not seek to please men, but God. Neither at any time used we flattering words; endeavoring to gain you by flattery and praise; we did not pander to your feelings; we did not soften the demands of the gospel. As ye know, nor a cloak - or pretext - of covetousness. We did not use the gospel as a pretext to mask our real motive, which was covetousness, pretending to seek your spiritual good, whereas in reality we sought our own advantage. Paul could with perfect confidence appeal to his converts, and say, "I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel" (Acts 20:33). He was free from all sinister motives. "He did not use words such as flattery uses, or pretexts such as covetousness" (Jowett). God is witness. Paul appeals to the Thessalonians themselves that he had not used flattering words; so now he appeals to God that the motive of his conduct was not covetousness. Men can judge the external conduct, they can hear the flattering words; but God only can know the motive of action - he only can discern the covetousness. 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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