2 Corinthians 2:17

“For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For wee are not as many which corrupt the word of God: but as of sinceritie, but as of God, in the sight of God speake we in Christ.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For we are not as the many, corrupting the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, speak we in Christ.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For we are not like the great number who make use of the word of God for profit: but our words are true, as from God, being said as before God in Christ.
- Basic English Bible

For we do not, as the many, make a trade of the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as of God, before God, we speak in Christ.
- Darby Bible

For we are not as many, who corrupt the word of God: but as from sincerity, but as from God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
- Webster's Bible

We are; for, unlike most teachers, we are not fraudulent hucksters of God's Message; but with transparent motives, as commissioned by God, in God's presence and in communion with Christ, so we speak.
- Weymouth Bible

For we are not as so many, peddling the word of God. But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God, we speak in Christ.
- World English Bible

For we ben not as many, that don auoutrie bi the word of God, but we speken of clennesse, as of God, bifor God in Crist.
- Wycliffe Bible

for we are not as the many, adulterating the word of God, but as of sincerity -- but as of God; in the presence of God, in Christ we do speak.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 2:17


2:17 For we are not as many, who adulterate the word of God - Like those vintners (so the Greek word implies) who mix their wines with baser liquors. But as of sincerity - Without any mixture. But as from God - This rises higher still; transmitting his pure word, not our own. In the sight of God - Whom we regard as always present, and noting every word of our tongue. Speak we - The tongue is ours, but the power is God's. In Christ - Words which he gives, approves, and blesses.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 2:17


2Co 2:17 We are not as many, who corrupt the word of God. The Greek city figure is taken from the tavern-keepers who adulterate the wine they offer for sale. There were those at Corinth, Judaizing teachers, who adulterated the gospel with ingredients of Judaism. These are the "false brethren" (2Co 11:26) with whom his whole ministry was a struggle. See also Ga 2:4. But as of sincerity, but as of God. On the contrary, he and his fellow-preachers spoke the words of genuine sincerity and with a sense of responsibility to God.

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