1 Thessalonians 2:3

3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.

1 Thessalonians 2:3 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive,
New Living Translation (NLT)
3 So you can see we were not preaching with any deceit or impure motives or trickery.
The Message Bible (MSG)
3 God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message.
American Standard Version (ASV)
3 For our exhortation [is] not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
3 When we encouraged you, we didn't use unethical schemes, corrupt practices, or deception.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
3 For our exhortation didn't come from error or impurity or an intent to deceive.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
3 The appeal we make is based on truth. It comes from a pure heart. We are not trying to trick you.

1 Thessalonians 2:3 Meaning and Commentary

1 Thessalonians 2:3

For our exhortation
Or "consolation"; for the ministry of the Gospel, which is here meant, consists of doctrines full of comfort to distressed minds, such as free justification by the righteousness of Christ, full pardon by his blood, and complete satisfaction by his sacrifice; as well as of exhortations to the exercise of grace and discharge of duty: and this was

not of deceit;
or "error", was not "fallacious", as the Ethiopic version renders it; it consisted of nothing but truth, it was the word of truth, and the truth as it is in Jesus; nor did it proceed from any intention to deceive and impose on persons; it was no imposture:

nor of uncleanness;
it did not spring from any impure affection for any sin, for popular applause, or worldly interest; nor did the ministers of it connive at uncleanness in others, or practise it themselves, as did the false teachers; but bore their testimony against it, both by word and example, and taught no doctrine that encouraged to it; but, on the contrary, the doctrine which is according to godliness, and which teaches men to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts:

nor in guile;
as there was no deceitful design in the ministry of the word, nor anything impure and immoral in the matter of it; so there was no artifice used in the dispensing of it; it was plain and simple, without any colour and guile, without the hidden things of dishonesty, without craftiness and handling the word deceitfully; and this is a reason why the apostles preached it with so much freedom and boldness, because there was nothing false, impure, or artful in it.

1 Thessalonians 2:3 In-Context

1 You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results.
2 We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition.
3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you.
4 On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts.
5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 2:17
  • 2. 2 Corinthians 4:2
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