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New International Version
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.
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!
English Standard Version
For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.
Berean Standard Bible
As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness!
Berean Literal Bible
For never at any time were we with word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is witness--
King James Bible
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
New King James Version
For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness.
New American Standard Bible
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is our witness—
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed— God is witness—
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—
For as you well know, we never came with words of flattery nor with a pretext for greed—God is our witness—
Christian Standard Bible
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives —God is our witness —
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives—God is our 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;
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For neither do we ever employ enticing speech as you know, neither an occasion for greed, God is witness,
Contemporary English Version
You also know we didn't try to flatter anyone. God himself knows what we did wasn't a cover-up for greed.
For neither have we used, at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness:
Good News Translation
You know very well that we did not come to you with flattering talk, nor did we use words to cover up greed--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!
Literal Standard Version
for at no time did we come with speech of flattery (as you have known), nor in a pretext for covetousness (God [is] witness),
New American Bible
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed—God is witness—
For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed--God is our witness--
New Revised Standard Version
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
New Heart English Bible
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed (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;
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!)
Additional Translations ...
…4Instead, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, not in order to please men but God, who examines our hearts. 5 As you know, we never used words of flattery or any pretext for greed. God is our witness! 6Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else, although as apostles of Christ we had authority to demand it.…
Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is on high.
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.
God, whom I serve with my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
1 Thessalonians 2:10
You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous, and blameless our conduct was among you who believed.
2 Peter 2:3
In their greed, these false teachers will exploit you with deceptive words. The longstanding verdict against them remains in force, and their destruction does not sleep.
Treasury of Scripture
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:
Job 17:5 He that speaketh flattery to his friends, even the eyes of his children shall fail.
Job 32:21,22 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man…
Psalm 12:2,3 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak…
Isaiah 56:11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter.
Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
Romans 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,
Galatians 1:20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
At any time.--Not only during the stay at Thessalonica, but neither at Thessalonica nor elsewhere, as the next verse shows. But as the Thessalonians can only be appealed to as evidence for their own experience, the writers therefore call God Himself to witness. At the same time, the absence of flattering words was a thing of which human witnesses could judge; the freedom from covetous designs was known to God alone.
Cloke of covetousness--i.e., some specious pretext, under cover of which we might gain a worldly advantage; so (though the Greek word is different) 1Peter 2:16, "a cloke of maliciousness."Verse 5. - For; confirming the statement that the preachers of the gospel did not seek to please men, but God. Neither at any time used we flattering words; endeavoring to gain you by flattery and praise; we did not pander to your feelings; we did not soften the demands of the gospel. As ye know, nor a cloak - or pretext - of covetousness. We did not use the gospel as a pretext to mask our real motive, which was covetousness, pretending to seek your spiritual good, whereas in reality we sought our own advantage. Paul could with perfect confidence appeal to his converts, and say, "I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel" (Acts 20:33). He was free from all sinister motives. "He did not use words such as flattery uses, or pretexts such as covetousness" (Jowett). God is witness. Paul appeals to the Thessalonians themselves that he had not used flattering words; so now he appeals to God that the motive of his conduct was not covetousness. Men can judge the external conduct, they can hear the flattering words; but God only can know the motive of action - he only can discern the covetousness.
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.
we never used
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3056: From lego; something said; by implication, a topic, also reasoning or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, the Divine Expression.
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 2850: Flattery, with a view to advantage or gain. From a derivative of kolax; flattery.
Strong's 3777: And not, neither, nor. From ou and te; not too, i.e. Neither or nor; by analogy, not even.
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4392: A pretext, an excuse. From a compound of pro and phaino; an outward showing, i.e. Pretext.
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 4124: Covetousness, avarice, aggression, desire for advantage. From pleonektes; avarice, i.e. fraudulency, extortion.
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3144: A witness (judicially) or figuratively (genitive case); by analogy, a 'martyr'.
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NT Letters: 1 Thessalonians 2:5 For neither were we at any time (1 Thess. 1 Thes. 1Th iTh i Th)