2 Corinthians 1:24
New International Version
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm.

New Living Translation
But that does not mean we want to dominate you by telling you how to put your faith into practice. We want to work together with you so you will be full of joy, for it is by your own faith that you stand firm.

English Standard Version
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.

Berean Study Bible
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers with you for your joy, because it is by faith that you stand firm.

Berean Literal Bible
Not that we lord it over your faith, but are fellow workers with you of joy; for in the faith you stand firm.

New American Standard Bible
Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.

King James Bible
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Christian Standard Bible
I do not mean that we lord it over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand firm in your faith.

Contemporary English Version
We are not bosses who tell you what to believe. We are working with you to make you glad, because your faith is strong.

Good News Translation
We are not trying to dictate to you what you must believe; we know that you stand firm in the faith. Instead, we are working with you for your own happiness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I do not mean that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.

International Standard Version
It is not that we are trying to rule over your faith, but rather to work with you for your joy, because you have been standing firm in the faith.

NET Bible
I do not mean that we rule over your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because by faith you stand firm.

New Heart English Bible
Not that we rule over your faith, but are fellow workers with you for your joy. For you stand firm in faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Not because we are lords of your faith, but we are helpers of your joy, for it is by faith that you stand.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It isn't that we want to have control over your Christian faith. Rather, we want to work with you so that you will be happy. Certainly, you are firmly established in the Christian faith.

New American Standard 1977
Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy, for by faith ye stand.

King James 2000 Bible
Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

American King James Version
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

American Standard Version
Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for in faith ye stand fast.

Douay-Rheims Bible
not because we exercise dominion over your faith: but we are helpers of your joy: for in faith you stand.

Darby Bible Translation
Not that we rule over your faith, but are fellow-workmen of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

English Revised Version
Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Weymouth New Testament
Not that we want to lord it over you in respect of your faith--we do, however, desire to help your joy--for in the matter of your faith you are standing firm.

World English Bible
Not that we have lordship over your faith, but are fellow workers with you for your joy. For you stand firm in faith.

Young's Literal Translation
not that we are lords over your faith, but we are workers together with your joy, for by the faith ye stand.
Study Bible
Paul's Change of Plans
23I call God as my witness that it was in order to spare you that I did not return to Corinth. 24Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers with you for your joy, because it is by faith that you stand firm.
Cross References
Romans 11:20
That is correct: They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.

1 Corinthians 15:1
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, and in which you stand firm.

2 Corinthians 4:5
For we do not proclaim ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or exalts himself or strikes you in the face.

1 Peter 5:3
not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Treasury of Scripture

Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith you stand.

that.

Matthew 23:8-10
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren…

Matthew 24:49
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;

1 Corinthians 3:5
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

are.

2 Corinthians 2:1-3
But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness…

Romans 1:12
That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Philippians 1:25,26
And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; …

for.

2 Corinthians 5:7
(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Romans 5:2
By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 11:20
Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:







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

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

we lord it over
κυριεύομεν (kyrieuomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2961: To have authority, rule over. From kurios; to rule.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

faith,
πίστεως (pisteōs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

we are
ἐσμεν (esmen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

fellow workers
συνεργοί (synergoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 4904: A fellow worker, associate, helper. From a presumed compound of sun and the base of ergon; a co-laborer, i.e. Coadjutor.

with you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

for
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

[your] joy,
χαρᾶς (charas)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5479: Joy, gladness, a source of joy. From chairo; cheerfulness, i.e. Calm delight.

because [it is]
γὰρ (gar)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1063: For. A primary particle; properly, assigning a reason.

by
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

faith [that]
πίστει (pistei)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4102: Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

you stand firm.
ἑστήκατε (hestēkate)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2476: A prolonged form of a primary stao stah'-o; to stand, used in various applications.
(24) Not for that we have dominion over your faith.--Better, are lording it over. He has scarcely written, or uttered, the words which imply authority, when the thought comes to him that he may seem to claim too much. He shrinks from "lording it over God's heritage" (1Peter 5:3), and half apologises for so strong a word as "sparing." He puts forward, therefore, the other side of his work. He was really seeking, not to domineer, or cause pain, but to be a fellow-worker with their "joy and peace in believing" (Romans 15:13). He knows that they have a standing-ground, independently of him, in their faith in Christ, and he seeks to confirm that faith.

Verse 24. - Not for that we have dominion over your faith. The expression, "to spare you," might have been resented as involving a claim "to lord it over their faith." He had, indeed, authority (1 Colossians 4:21; 2 Corinthians 10:6; 2 Corinthians 13:2, 10), but it was a purely spiritual authority; it was valid only over those who recognized in him an apostolic commission. St. Peter, no less than St. Paul, discourages the spirit of ecclesiastical tyranny (1 Peter 5:3). But are helpers of your joy. We are fellow-helpers of your Christian joy, and therefore I would not come to cause your grief. That was how I desired to spare you. The object of my visits is always "for your furtherance and joy of faith" (Philippians 1:25). For by faith ye stand. The expression is not a mere general principle, but explains his disclaimer of any desire "to lord it over their faith." As far as their "faith" was concerned, they were not to blame; that remained unshaken, and was independent of any visit or authority of St. Paul. But while "in respect of faith ye stand" (Ephesians 6:13), there are other points in which you are being shaken, and in dealing with these I should have been obliged to take severe measures, which, if I postponed my visit, would (I hoped) become unnecessary.



1:15-24 The apostle clears himself from the charge of levity and inconstancy, in not coming to Corinth. Good men should be careful to keep the reputation of sincerity and constancy; they should not resolve, but on careful thought; and they will not change unless for weighty reasons. Nothing can render God's promises more certain: his giving them through Christ, assures us they are his promises; as the wonders God wrought in the life, resurrection, and ascension of his Son, confirm faith. The Holy Spirit makes Christians firm in the faith of the gospel: the quickening of the Spirit is an earnest of everlasting life; and the comforts of the Spirit are an earnest of everlasting joy. The apostle desired to spare the blame he feared would be unavoidable, if he had gone to Corinth before he learned what effect his former letter produced. Our strength and ability are owing to faith; and our comfort and joy must flow from faith. The holy tempers and gracious fruits which attend faith, secure from delusion in so important a matter.
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