2 Corinthians 6:3

Paul’s Hardships

3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.

2 Corinthians 6:3 in Other Translations

KJV
3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
ESV
3 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry,
NLT
3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.
MSG
3 Don't put it off; don't frustrate God's work by showing up late, throwing a question mark over everything we're doing.
CSB
3 We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.

2 Corinthians 6:3 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 6:3

Giving no offence in anything
These words are in connection with ( 2 Corinthians 6:1 ) and to be considered either as a continuation of the exhortation to others, that they would take care to give no offence to any; or rather as an account the apostle gives of himself, and other ministers, by way of example; and is as if he had said, I Paul, Timotheus, Silvanus, and other ministers of the word, take all possible care to lay no stumblingblock in the way of the hearers of the Gospel; to give no offence to them that are without, or to them that are within, to Jew or Gentile, or to the church of God, neither by word nor writing, by doctrine or conversation, or in any way whatever: that the ministry be not blamed; the ministry of the word of reconciliation, which they had received of the Lord Jesus. The apostle knew there were persons enow who were waiting all opportunities, and taking all advantages to vilify and reproach the ministry of the Gospel, and so hinder its progress and spread; and that if that was once brought into contempt by the disagreeable conduct of the preachers of it, there would be but little hope of success from it. Some copies read, "our ministry"; and so the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions; the Ethiopic version reads, "your ministry".

2 Corinthians 6:3 In-Context

1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.
2 For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
3 We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.
4 Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses;
5 in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Matthew 5:29; Romans 14:13,20; 1 Corinthians 8:9,13; 1 Corinthians 9:12; 1 Corinthians 10:32