2 Corinthians 2:11

11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

2 Corinthians 2:11 in Other Translations

KJV
11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
ESV
11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.
NLT
11 so that Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes.
MSG
11 After all, we don't want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief - we're not oblivious to his sly ways!
CSB
11 so that we may not be taken advantage of by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his intentions.

2 Corinthians 2:11 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 2:11

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us
Or make gain of us, or we should be circumvented by him; a metaphor taken from covetous persons, who take every occasion, and make use of every advantage to circumvent and deceive persons in trading with them: Satan gets an advantage of the churches, when church discipline is brought into neglect and contempt, or turned into tyranny; or when he can draw off any person from a church, or keep him out of it: wherefore the apostle's argument is, that since the incestuous person had true repentance for his sin, he ought to be forgiven, comforted, and received into the church; lest by too great severity, and a too long continuance of the censure on him, he should be either plunged into despair, or be drawn into a denial of the faith, or into an open scandalous course of wickedness; and so the church entirely lose a member, that might, by the proper use of discipline, have been an useful one, and Satan gain one:

for we are not ignorant of his devices;
and cunning stratagems; some of his crafty contrivances and designs are known, though not all of them; and this particularly, that he sometimes transforms himself into an angel of light, and under pretence of showing a just indignation against sin, and keeping up a strict and righteous discipline, destroys souls, ruins churches, and brings religion into contempt. This was one of his devices in former times, that persons who fell into any gross sin after baptism, and a profession of religion, were never to be restored and received into the communion of the church again, let their repentance be ever so sincere. This cruel and inexorable spirit, under the show of strict religion and discipline, is what the apostle here would caution against, as one of the wiles of Satan.

2 Corinthians 2:11 In-Context

9 Another reason I wrote you was to see if you would stand the test and be obedient in everything.
10 Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake,
11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
12 Now when I went to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ and found that the Lord had opened a door for me,
13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Matthew 4:10
  • 2. Luke 22:31; 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 Peter 5:8,9