Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!

New American Standard Bible

For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is witness--

King James Version

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

Holman Bible

For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives—God is our witness

A Conservative Version

For we came neither in word of flattery (at any time as ye know) nor a pretense of greed (God is witness)

American Standard Version

For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness;

Amplified

For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, [as] God is our witness.

An Understandable Version

For we were never found using flattering words at any time, as you know, nor did we try to cover up any greedy desires. God can testify [to this].

Anderson New Testament

For neither nattering words did we at any time use, as you know, nor a pretext for covetousness; God is witness:

Bible in Basic English

For it is common knowledge among you that we never made use of smooth-sounding false words, and God is witness that at no time were we secretly desiring profit for ourselves,

Common New Testament

For, as you know, we never used flattery nor a pretext for greed God is witness

Daniel Mace New Testament

our address to you was without any flattery, as you yourselves can witness, and God is witness that we had no avarice to disguise.

Darby 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;

Godbey New Testament

For at that time we were not in word of flattery, as you know, nor in a pretext of covetousness, God is our witness;

Goodspeed New Testament

We never used flattery, as you know, or found pretexts for making money, as God is our witness.

John Wesley New Testament

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness: God is witness:

Jubilee 2000 Bible

For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,

Julia Smith Translation

For neither once in word were we flatterers, as ye know, neither in a pretext of covetousness; God the witness:

King James 2000

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

Lexham Expanded Bible

{For never} did we come with a word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext of greediness (God [is] witness),

Modern King James verseion

For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor with pretense of covetousness; God is witness.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Neither was our conversation at any time with flattering words - as ye well know - neither in cloaked covetousness, God is record:

Moffatt New Testament

We never resorted to flattery (you know that), nor to any pretext for self-seeking (God is witness to that);

Montgomery New Testament

For as you well know, I never resorted to flattery, nor to any pretext for enriching myself. God is my witness!

NET Bible

For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed -- God is our witness --

New Heart 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),

Noyes New Testament

For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness;

Sawyer New Testament

For we used at no time a word of flattery, as you know, nor a pretext for covetousness, God is witness,

The Emphasized Bible

For neither at any time were we found, using words of flattery, - even as ye know, nor a pretext for greed - God, is witness!

Thomas Haweis New Testament

For neither at any time used we insinuating language, as ye know, nor a pretext for covetousness; God is witness:

Twentieth Century New Testament

Never at any time, as you know, did we use the language of flattery, or make false professions in order to hide selfish aims. God will bear witness to that.

Webster

For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

Weymouth New Testament

For, as you are well aware, we have never used the language of flattery nor have we found pretexts for enriching ourselves--God is our witness;

Williams New Testament

Indeed, we never resorted to flattery, as you are well aware, nor to any pretext for making money; God is our 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),

Worrell New Testament

For neither, at any time, did we use a word of flattery, as ye know, nor a semblance of covetousness, God is witness;

Worsley New Testament

For neither at any time used we flattering speech, as ye know, nor covetous pretence, God is witness:

Youngs 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!)

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
For
γάρ 
Gar 
for, , not tr
Usage: 825

οὔτε 
Oute 
neither, nor, nor yet, no not, not, yet not,
Usage: 68

at any time
ποτέ 
Pote 
in time past, at any time, in times past, sometimes, sometime, once, not tr,
Usage: 28

used we
γίνομαι 
Ginomai 
be, come to pass, be made, be done, come, become, God forbid , arise, have, be fulfilled, be married to, be preferred, not tr, , vr done
Usage: 531

κολακεία 
Kolakeia 
Usage: 1

λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

as
καθώς 
Kathos 
as, even as, according as, when, according to, how, as well as
Usage: 141

ye know
εἴδω 
Eido 
Usage: 519

nor
οὔτε 
Oute 
neither, nor, nor yet, no not, not, yet not,
Usage: 68

a cloke
πρόφασις 
Prophasis 
Usage: 3

πλεονεξία 
Pleonexia 
Usage: 8

God
θεός 
theos 
Usage: 1151

Context Readings

Paul's Approach To Ministry In Thessalonica

4 Rather, because we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, we speak as we do, not trying to please people but God, who tests our motives. 5 As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness! 6 We did not seek praise from people from you or from anyone else


Cross References

Acts 20:33

I never desired anyone's silver, gold, or clothes.

Romans 1:9

For God, whom I serve with my spirit by preaching the gospel about his Son, is my witness how constantly I mention you

2 Peter 2:3

In their greed they will exploit you with deceptive words. The ancient verdict against them is still in force, and their destruction is not delayed.

Job 17:5

Now as for the one who testifies against his friends to take their property, even the eyes of his children will fail.

Job 32:21-22

I won't discriminate against anyone, and I won't flatter any person,

Psalm 12:2-3

Everyone speaks lies to his neighbor; they speak with flattering lips and hidden motives.

Proverbs 20:19

Whoever spreads gossip betrays confidences; so don't get involved with someone who talks too much.

Proverbs 26:28

A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth causes ruin.

Proverbs 28:23

Whoever rebukes a man will later on find more favor than someone who flatters with his words.

Isaiah 30:10

They say to the seers, "Don't see visions,' and to the prophets, "Don't give us visions of what is right! Instead, tell us welcome things, prophesy illusions,

Isaiah 56:11

Meanwhile, the dogs have a mighty appetite they can never get enough. And as for them, they are the shepherds who lack understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, each and every one.

Jeremiah 6:13

"Indeed, from the least important to the most important, they're all greedy for dishonest gain. From prophet to priest, they all act deceitfully.

Jeremiah 8:10

Therefore, I'll give their wives to others, and their fields to new owners. Indeed, from the least important to the most important, they're all greedy for dishonest gain. From prophet to priest, they all act deceitfully.

Micah 3:5

"This is what the LORD says about the prophets who are causing my people to go astray, who are calling out "Peace' when they're being fed, but who declare war against those who won't feed them:

Malachi 1:10

"Oh, that one of you would shut the Temple doors and not light useless fires on the altar! I'm not pleased with you," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "and I'll accept no offerings from you.

Matthew 22:16

They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. They said, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere and that you teach the way of God truthfully. You don't favor any individual, because you pay no attention to external appearance.

Matthew 23:13

"How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door to the kingdom from heaven in people's faces. You don't go in yourselves, and you don't allow those who are trying to enter to go in.

Romans 9:1

I am telling the truth because I belong to the Messiah I am not lying, and my conscience confirms it by means of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 16:18

because such people are not serving the Messiah our Lord, but their own desires. By their smooth talk and flattering words they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

2 Corinthians 2:17

At least we are not commercializing God's word like so many others. Instead, we speak with sincerity in the Messiah's name, like people who are sent from God and are accountable to God.

2 Corinthians 4:2

Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful ways. We do not use trickery or pervert God's word. By clear statements of the truth we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience before God.

2 Corinthians 7:2

Make room for us in your hearts! We have not treated anyone unjustly, harmed anyone, or cheated anyone.

2 Corinthians 12:17

I did not take advantage of you through any of the men I sent you, did I?

Galatians 1:20

(Before God, what I'm writing to you is the truth.)

1 Thessalonians 2:10

You and God are witnesses of how pure, honest, and blameless our conduct was among you who believe.

1 Timothy 3:3

He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but instead be gentle. He must not be argumentative or love money.

1 Timothy 3:8

Ministers, too, must be serious. They must not be two-faced, addicted to wine, or greedy for money.

Titus 1:7

Because an overseer is God's servant manager, he must be blameless. He must not be arrogant or irritable. He must not drink too much, be a violent person, or make money in shameful ways.

1 Peter 5:2

Be shepherds of God's flock that is among you, watching over it, not because you must but because you want to, and not greedily but eagerly, as God desires.

2 Peter 2:14-15

With eyes full of adultery, they cannot get enough of sin. They seduce unsteady souls and have had their hearts expertly trained in greed. They are doomed to a curse.

2 Peter 2:18

By talking high-sounding nonsense and using sinful cravings of the flesh, they entice people who have just escaped from those who live in error.

Jude 1:11

11How terrible it will be for them! For they lived like Cain did , rushed headlong into Balaam's error to make a profit, and destroyed themselves, as happened in Korah's rebellion.

Revelation 18:12-13

cargo of gold, silver, gems, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all articles made of ivory, all articles made of very costly wood, bronze, iron, marble,

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