New Living Translation
Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money!
King James Bible
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
Darby Bible Translation
For we have not at any time been among you with flattering discourse, even as ye know, nor with a pretext for covetousness, God is witness;
World English Bible
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),
Young's Literal Translation
for at no time did we come with speech of flattery, (as ye have known,) nor in a pretext for covetousness, (God is witness!)
1 Thessalonians 2:5 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:5 Flattering words - This ye know. Nor a cloak of covetousness - Of this God is witness. He calls men to witness an open fact; God, the secret intentions of the heart. In a point of a mixed nature, 1Th 2:10, he appeals both to God and man.
Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high.
"I have never coveted anyone's silver or gold or fine clothes.
God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.
1 Thessalonians 2:10
You yourselves are our witnesses--and so is God--that we were devout and honest and faultless toward all of you believers.
2 Peter 2:3
In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed.
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