2 Corinthians 4:2

“But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But haue renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftines, nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the trueth, commending our selues to euery mans conscience, in the sight of God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And we have given up the secret things of shame, not walking in false ways, and not making use of the word of God with deceit; but by the revelation of what is true, as before God, we have the approval of every man's sense of right and wrong.
- Basic English Bible

But we have rejected the hidden things of shame, not walking in deceit, nor falsifying the word of God, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every conscience of men before God.
- Darby Bible

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty; not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but, by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
- Webster's Bible

Nay, we have renounced the secrecy which marks a feeling of shame. We practice no cunning tricks, nor do we adulterate God's Message. But by a full clear statement of the truth we strive to commend ourselves in the presence of God to every human conscience.
- Weymouth Bible

But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
- World English Bible

faile we not, but do we awei the preue thingis of schame, not walkinge in sutil gile, nether doynge auoutrye bi the word of God, but in schewynge of the treuthe comendynge vs silf to ech conscience of men bifor God.
- Wycliffe Bible

but did renounce for ourselves the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor deceitfully using the word of God, but by the manifestation of the truth recommending ourselves unto every conscience of men, before God;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:2


4:2 But have renounced - Set at open defiance. The hidden things of shame - All things which men need to hide, or to be ashamed of. Not walking in craftiness - Using no disguise, subtlety, guile. Nor privily corrupting the pure word of God - By any additions or alterations, or by attempting to accommodate it to the taste of the hearers.


People's Bible Notes for 2 Corinthians 4:2


2Co 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty. This glorious ministry was under no "veil" and was not hidden. Its ministers must turn away from all dishonest practices or teachings. Paul intends to rebuke, by his example, the false and deceitful teachers who sought to bring the Corinthians under the old Jewish covenant. Nor handling the word of God deceitfully. His enemies not only resorted to calumny, but perverted the word of the Lord by adulterating it with the elements of the law, of tradition, and with false ideas of Christ. See Ga 6:12,13. Commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. He presented the truth and made his appeal directly to the human conscience, that monitor which God has given to all men.

Discussion for 2 Corinthians 4

  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 IN WHOM THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HATH BLINDED THE MINDS OF THEM WHICH BELIEVE NOT--LEST THE LIGHT OF THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL--OF CHRIST WHO IS THE IMAGE OF GOD SHOULD SHINE UNTO THEM**PROVERBS 18:21 DEATH AND LIFE ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE AND THEY THAT LOVE IT SHALL EAT THE FRUIT THEREOF**JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED
  • Bruce
    lords boby: How does reading 1611 stop private interpretations
  • Lords body
    I read the 1611 version precisely to avoid private interpretation.
  • ChrisC607
    Am I the only one that has a severe issue with how many different versions of one small paragraph there are? Who gives anyone the right to manipulate the words of the Bible itself? Why do we accept corporations that are profiting from the sales of Bibles changing the words? Humans are blind to the truth and his ways. Judge not, yet so quick to point fingers. Follow his guidance, or idolize a book?
  • Steve morrow
    2 CORINTHIANS 4:1 THEREFORE SEEING WE HAVE THIS MINISTRY AS WE HAVE RECEIVED MERCY WE FAINT NOT 4:2 BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS NOR HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD-----JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE .....
  • Steve morrow
    2 cor 4:1 therefore seeing we have this ministry as we have received mercy we faint not 2 BUT HAVE RENOUNCED THE HIDDEN THINGS OF DISHONESTY NOT WALKING IN CRAFTINESS NOR HANDLING THE WORD OF GOD DECEITFULLY BUT BY-------BUT BY MANIFESTATION OF THE TRUTH-------COMMENDING OURSELVES TO EVERY MANS CONSCIENCE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD 3 BUT IF OUR GOSPEL BE HID IT IS HID TO THEM THAT ARE LOST

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