2 Corinthians 8:21
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.

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

New King James Version
providing honorable things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of 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 other people.

NASB 1995
for we have regard for what is honorable, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

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

Amplified Bible
For we have regard for what is honorable [and above suspicion], not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

Christian Standard Bible
Indeed, we are giving careful thought to do what is right, not only before the Lord but also before people.

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

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

Contemporary English Version
But we want to do what pleases the Lord and what people think is right.

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

Good News Translation
Our purpose is to do what is right, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of others.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
providing right things, not only before the LORD, but also before men;

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 others.

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 down at his feet until morning, but she got up before anyone else could recognize her. Then Boaz said, "Do not let it be known that a woman came to the threshing floor."

Proverbs 3:4
Then you will find favor and high regard 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.

for.

Romans 12:17
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

1 Timothy 5:14
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

not.

2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:9-11
Wherefore we labour, 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, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

we are taking great care to do
προνοοῦμεν (pronooumen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 4306: From pro and noieo; to consider in advance, i.e. Look out for beforehand.

what is right,
καλὰ (kala)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.

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

only
μόνον (monon)
Adverb
Strong's 3440: Alone, but, only. Neuter of monos as adverb; merely.

in the eyes
ἐνώπιον (enōpion)
Preposition
Strong's 1799: Neuter of a compound of en and a derivative of optanomai; in the face of.

of [the] Lord,
Κυρίου (Kyriou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

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

also
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

in the eyes
ἐνώπιον (enōpion)
Preposition
Strong's 1799: Neuter of a compound of en and a derivative of optanomai; in the face of.

of men.
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.


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