Parallel Verses

Julia Smith Translation

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

International Standard Version

As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. 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 came with words of flattery nor with a pretext for greed—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:

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 But as we have been tried by God to be entrusted with the good news, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, trying our hearts: 5 For neither once in word were we flatterers, as ye know, neither in a pretext of covetousness; God the witness: 6 Neither seeking glory of men, nor of you, nor of others, being able to be in weight, as the sent of Christ.


Cross References

Acts 20:33

Silver or gold, or clothing, of none have I eagerly desired.

Romans 1:9

For my witness is God, whom I serve in my spirit in the good news of his Son, so that continually I make mention of you, always supplicating in my prayers;

2 Peter 2:3

And by covetousness with feigned words shall trade in you: to whom judgment since a long while is not inactive, and their perdition sleeps not.

Job 17:5

He will commence evils for a position, and the eyes of his sons shall be consumed.

Job 32:21-22

Not now shall I lift up the face of man, and I shall not flatter to man.

Psalm 12:2-3

They will speak vanity each with his neighbor: smooth lips, with a heart and a heart will they speak

Proverbs 20:19

He revealing a secret going about tale-bearing: and thou shalt not intermingle with him embracing his lips.

Proverbs 26:28

A tongue of falsehood will hate its crushing, and a smooth mouth will make an overthrow.

Proverbs 28:23

He reproving a man, afterwards shall find favor more than he smoothing the tongue.

Isaiah 30:10

Who said to the seeing, Ye shall not see, and to the perceiving, Ye shall not perceive for us right things, speak to us smooth things, perceive delusions.

Isaiah 56:11

And dogs hard of soul, they knew not fulness; and they are evil, they know not understanding; they all looked to their way, a man to his plunder from his extremity.

Jeremiah 6:13

For from their little even to their great, every one plundering, plundered; and from the prophet and even to the priest every one did falsehood.

Jeremiah 8:10

For this I will give their wives to others; their fields to those inheriting them: for from small and even to great all plundering a plunder, from the prophet and even to the priest, all did falsehood.

Micah 3:5

Thus said Jehovah for the prophets causing my people to wander, and biting with their teeth, and they called, Peace; and who will not give upon their mouth and they consecrated war against him:

Malachi 1:10

Who also among you and he will shut the doors? and ye shall not make light mine altar gratuitously. Not to me delight in you, said Jehovah of armies, and I will not delight in the gift of your hand.

Matthew 22:16

And they send to him their disciples, with the Herodians, saying, Teacher, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, and care is to thee for none; for thou lookest not to the face of men.

Matthew 23:13

Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye lock up the kingdom of the heavens before men: for ye come not in yourselves, neither those coming in, permit ye to come in.

Romans 9:1

I Speak truth in Christ, I lie not, my consciousness bearing witness to me in the Holy Spirit,

Romans 16:18

For such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by specious language and praise completely deceive the hearts of the innocent.

2 Corinthians 2:17

For we are not as the many adulterating the word of God: but as of purity, but as of God, before the face of God speak we in Christ.

2 Corinthians 4:2

But have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craft, neither adulterating the word of God; but by manifestation of the truth recommending ourselves to every consciousness of man before God.

2 Corinthians 7:2

Receive us; we injured none, we corrupted none, we took advantage of none.

2 Corinthians 12:17

Not any of whom I have sent to you have I by him taken advantage of you.

Galatians 1:20

And what I write to you, behold, before God, that I lie not.

1 Thessalonians 2:10

Ye witnesses, and God, how holily and justly and unblamably we were to you the believing:

1 Timothy 3:3

Not intoxicated, not a quarrelsome person, not occupied in sordid gain; but equitable, without fighting, exempt from avarice;

1 Timothy 3:8

Deacons likewise grave, not speaking equivocally, not holding to much wine, not occupied in sordid gain;

Titus 1:7

For a bishop must be irreproachable, as steward of God; not self-sufficient, not prone to anger, not intemperate, not a striker, not occupied in sordid gain.

1 Peter 5:2

Tend the flock of God which among you, inspecting, not by force, but voluntarily; neither occupied in sordid gain, but of a ready will;

2 Peter 2:14-15

Having eyes full of an adulteress, not ceasing from sin; decoying unstable souls: having a heart exercised with covetousness; children of a curse:

2 Peter 2:18

For speaking excessive things of vanity, they decoy with the eager desires of the flesh, for licentiousness, them having truly escaped from those turned back in error.

Jude 1:11

Woe to them for they went in the way of Cain, and were poured out in the error of Balaam for a reward, and they were destroyed in the controversy of Core.

Revelation 18:12-13

The cargo of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all fir wood, and every ivory vessel, and every vessel of precious wood, and of iron, and brass, and marble,

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