2 Corinthians 12:19

“Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Againe, thinke you that we excuse our selues vnto you? wee speake before God in Christ: but wee doe all things, dearely beloued, for your edifying.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. {Actually,} it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye think all this time that we are excusing ourselves unto you. In the sight of God speak we in Christ. But all things, beloved, `are' for your edifying.
- American Standard Version (1901)

It may seem to you that all this time we have been attempting to put ourselves in the right; but we are saying these things before God in Christ. For all things, dear brothers, are for your profit.
- Basic English Bible

Ye have long been supposing that we excuse ourselves to you: we speak before God in Christ; and all things, beloved, for your building up.
- Darby Bible

Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edification.
- Webster's Bible

You are imagining, all this time, that we are making our defense at your bar. In reality it is as in God's presence and in communion with Christ that we speak; but, dear friends, it is all with a view to your progress in goodness.
- Weymouth Bible

Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.
- World English Bible

Sum tyme ye wenen, that we schulen excuse vs anentis you. Bifor God in Crist we speken; and, moost dere britheren, alle thingis for youre edifiyng.
- Wycliffe Bible

Again, think ye that to you we are making defence? before God in Christ do we speak; and the all things, beloved, [are] for your up-building,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:19


12:19 Think ye that we again excuse ourselves - That I speak this for my own sake? No. I speak all this for your sakes.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 12:19


2Co 12:19 Think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? He must guard against a misapprehension. He is not defending himself before a human bar. We speak before God in Christ. He speaks as before God. [We do] all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying. Says what will tend to edify them. His only object is to build them up.

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