2 Corinthians 6:13

13 As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

Read 2 Corinthians 6:13 Using Other Translations

Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.
In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.
I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

What does 2 Corinthians 6:13 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Corinthians 6:13

Now for a recompence in the same
That your love to me may answer mine to you; that as you have my heart, I may have yours, and the same room in your heart, as you have in mine. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "having the same recompence"; and the Arabic version renders it, "grant to me the same recompence"; and the Syriac version, "recompense to me my usuries that are with you"; that is, repay me with affection, let love be returned for love.

I speak as unto my children;
which relation subsisting between us requires mutual affection; for as a father should love his children, so children should love their father:

be ye also enlarged;
in your love to me, as I am to you; and then, as if he should say, you will bear with, and take in good part the following exhortation and advice.

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