2 Corinthians 11:3

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I feare lest by any meanes, as the Serpent beguiled Eue through his subtilty, so your mindes should bee corrupted from the simplicitie that is in Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity {of devotion} to Christ.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I have a fear, that in some way, as Eve was tricked by the deceit of the snake, your minds may be turned away from their simple and holy love for Christ.
- Basic English Bible

But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craft, [so] your thoughts should be corrupted from simplicity as to the Christ.
- Darby Bible

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
- Webster's Bible

But I am afraid that, as the serpent in his craftiness deceived Eve, so your minds may be led astray from their single-heartedness and their fidelity to Christ.
- Weymouth Bible

But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
- World English Bible

But Y drede, lest as the serpent disseyuede Eue with his sutil fraude, so youre wittis ben corrupt, and fallen doun fro the symplenesse that is in Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that [is] in the Christ;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 11:3


11:3 But I fear - Love is full of these fears. Lest as the serpent - A most apposite comparison. Deceived Eve - Simple, ignorant of evil. By his subtilty - Which is in the highest degree dangerous to such a disposition. So your minds - We might therefore be tempted, even if there were no sin in us. Might be corrupted - Losing their virginal purity. From the simplicity that is in Christ - That simplicity which is lovingly intent on him alone, seeking no other person or thing.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 11:3


2Co 11:3 But I fear, etc. As Eve was seduced from God by the serpent (Ge 3:1), so he fears that the Corinthian brethren may be led from the simplicity, single-minded devotion, "that is in Christ".

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 11

  • Ray321
    Acts 9:15 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: Paul didn't have to brag about what he did for the Lord Jesus, Jesus said that Paul was a chosen vessel into him. That alone is special from Jesus himself. Jesus, thank you for using Apostle Paul for the Gentiles. Love
  • Ray321
    Romans 14:11 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. With the mouth, we will confess the GOSPEL that God wrote in his own Words. God use Holy men of God to write the Bible. It all ends at the cross of Jesus Christ. I Thank Jesus for saving my Soul. Glory always be to Jesus.
  • Steve morrow
    JOHN 15:14 YOU ARE MY FRIENDS --- IF YOU DO --- WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU
    PROVERBS 13:3 HE THAT KEEPETH HIS MOUTH KEEPETH HIS LIFE BUT HE THAT OPENETH WIDE HIS LIPS SHALL HAVE DESTRUCTION
  • Ray321
    Wow Apostle Paul labored more then anybody in the Lord. 2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? I speak as a fool I am more in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Jesus suffer the cross, Paul suffer beheaded. Wow, that is unbelievable how they suffered. There is a friend that sticked closer then a brother, that's Jesus.
  • Bruce
    Kurt: Yes:No one is Saved until one is Called(a Tugging on Your Heart):John 6:44 / Ask Forgiveness:1John1:9 /They are Washed in His Blood:Revelation1:5 / They Will be Baptized with His Spirit and giving a New Heart, You will be Changed! Mark l:8, 2Corinthians 5:17, You will Know! Impossible not to Know. Tribulation and Persecution comes to All who are Saved. Acts 14:22 / No roots:Matthew 13:21
  • Kurt
    Let Paul be our example to follow and be like Christ. We are saved for good works, and trials. Our grit to show the Gospel and its meaning in our lives is what the world needs. When I have petty challenges in my world that has a high standard of living what am I showing others? That I have a better hope? Surely not. Worry not little things so God can invite us for bigger works, and trials! Kurt

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