2 Corinthians 1:17
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English Standard Version
Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to the flesh, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time?

King James Bible
When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

American Standard Version
When I therefore was thus minded, did I show fickleness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the yea yea and the nay nay?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereas then I was thus minded, did I use lightness? Or, the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that there should be with me, It is, and It is not?

English Revised Version
When I therefore was thus minded, did I shew fickleness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be the yea yea and the nay nay?

Webster's Bible Translation
When I therefore was thus minded, did I use levity? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea, yea, and nay, nay?

Weymouth New Testament
Did I display any vacillation or caprice in this? Or the purposes which I form--do I form them on worldly principles, now crying "Yes, yes," and now "No, no"?

2 Corinthians 1:17 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Did I use lightness (τῇ ἐλαφρίᾳ ἐχρησαμην)

Rev., shew fickleness. Ἑλαφρία, lightness, only here in the New Testament. Compare ἐλαφρός light, Matthew 11:30; 2 Corinthians 4:17. His change of plan had given rise to the charge of fickleness.

The yea, yea, and the nay, nay

That I should say "yes" at one time and "no" at another; promising to come and breaking my promise.

2 Corinthians 1:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

lightness.

Judges 9:4 And they gave him three score and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, with which Abimelech hired vain and light persons...

Jeremiah 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, said the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies...

Zephaniah 3:4 Her prophets are light and treacherous persons: her priests have polluted the sanctuary, they have done violence to the law.

according.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

2 Corinthians 10:2,3 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, with which I think to be bold against some...

John 8:15 You judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

Galatians 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles...

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Why we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

yea.

2 Corinthians 1:18-20 But as God is true, our word toward you was not yes and no...

Matthew 5:37 But let your communication be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatever is more than these comes of evil.

James 5:12 But above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath...

Cross References
Matthew 1:19
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.

2 Corinthians 10:2
I beg of you that when I am present I may not have to show boldness with such confidence as I count on showing against some who suspect us of walking according to the flesh.

2 Corinthians 10:3
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh.

2 Corinthians 11:18
Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast.

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