New Living Translation
So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.
King James Bible
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
Darby Bible Translation
For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile;
World English Bible
For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.
Young's Literal Translation
for our exhortation is not out of deceit, nor out of uncleanness, nor in guile,
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:3 For our exhortation - That is, our preaching. A part is put for the whole. Is not, at any time, of deceit - We preach not a lie, but the truth of God. Nor of uncleanness - With any unholy or selfish view. This expression is not always appropriated to lust, although it is sometimes emphatically applied thereto. Nor in guile - But with great plainness of speech.
For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means "Son of Encouragement"). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.
After the usual readings from the books of Moses and the prophets, those in charge of the service sent them this message: "Brothers, if you have any word of encouragement for the people, come and give it."
2 Corinthians 4:2
We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don't try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
2 Corinthians 6:8
We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors.
1 Thessalonians 4:7
God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.
2 Thessalonians 2:11
So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies.
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