1 Thessalonians 2:3
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English Standard Version
For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive,

King James Bible
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:

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.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Exhortation (παράκλησις)

See on Luke 6:24 and see on 1 Corinthians 14:3. Exhortation or counsel is Paul's usual sense.

Of deceit (ἐκ πλάνης)

Better, of error. It may imply deceit as accompanying or causing error, but it does not occur in the sense of deceit. Our exhortation did not proceed from any false teaching which we had ourselves received. We were guided by "the spirit of truth"; See 1 John 4:6, and comp. 2 Peter 1:16.

Of uncleanness (ἐξ ἀκαθαρσίας)

Ἀκαθαρσία in Matthew 23:27 of the corruption of the sepulchre. Elsewhere in N.T. of sensual impurity. See Romans 1:24; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Ephesians 4:19. Here in the sense of impurity on the side of sordidness. In Ephesians 4:19, Paul speaks of working uncleanness (ἀκαθαρσίαν) in a spirit of selfish desire (πλεονεξία) which is the spirit of covetousness. In Ephesians 5:3, uncleanness and covetousness are closely associated. Paul means that his exhortation did not proceed from greed for gain or lust for power.

In guile (ἐν δόλῳ)

While uncleanness expresses impure purpose or motive, guile has reference to improper means; plausible but insincere methods of winning converts; suppression of the truth; "huckstering the word of God" (see on 2 Corinthians 2:17); adulterating it for purposes of gain or popularity.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

1 Thessalonians 4:1,2 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus...

Numbers 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect not you their offering: I have not taken one donkey from them...

1 Samuel 12:3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose donkey have I taken?...

Acts 20:33,34 I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel...

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 4:2,5 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully...

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

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2 Corinthians 12:16-18 But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile...

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Cross References
Acts 4:36
Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,

Acts 13:15
After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the rulers of the synagogue sent a message to them, saying, "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it."

2 Corinthians 4:2
But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 6:8
through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;

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

2 Thessalonians 2:11
Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

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