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1 Thessalonians 2:3

    1 Thessalonians 2:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For our witness does not come from error or from an unclean heart or from deceit:

    Webster's Revision

    For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

    World English Bible

    For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

    Definitions for 1 Thessalonians 2:3

    Exhortation - Overseer.
    Guile - Deceit; craftiness.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 2:3

    Our exhortation - The word παρακλησιςhas a very extensive meaning; it signifies not only exhortation and teaching in general, but also encouragement, consolation, and the like. When the apostles exhorted or admonished men, it was that they should turn from evil to good, from misery to happiness, from Satan to God, and from hell to heaven. Their exhortations having this object, every word was consolatory; and as the truth which they delivered was unquestionable, therefore their ministry was a subject of the highest encouragement and joy.

    Not of deceit - We did not endeavor to allure you with false pretences; we did not deceive you, nor were we deceived ourselves.

    Nor of uncleanness - Such as the teachings of the Gentile philosophers were; their supreme gods were celebrated for their adulteries, fornications, uncleannesses, thefts, barbarities, and profligacies of the most odious kind. Our Gospel was pure; came from the pure and holy God; was accompanied with the influences of the Holy Spirit, and produced purity both in the hearts and lives of all that received it.

    Nor in guile - We had no false pretences, and were influenced by no sinister motives.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Thessalonians 2:3

    For our exhortation - That is, the exhortation to embrace the gospel. The word seems to be used here so as to include preaching in general. The sense is, that the means which they used to induce them to become Christians were not such as to delude them.

    Was not of deceit - Was not founded on sophistry. The apostle means to say, that the Thessalonians knew that his manner of preaching was not such as was adopted by the advocates of error.

    Nor of uncleanness - Not such as to lead to an impure life. It was such as to lead to holiness and purity. The apostle appeals to what they knew to be the tendency of his doctrine as an evidence that it was true. Most of the teaching of the pagan philosophers led to a life of licentiousness and corruption. The tendency of the gospel was just the reverse.Nor in guile - Not by the arts of deceit. There was no craftiness or trick, such as could not bear a severe scrutiny. No point was carried by art, cunning, or stratagem. Everything was done on the most honorable and fair principles. It is much when a man can say that he has never endeavored to accomplish anything by mere trick, craft, or cunning. Sagacity and shrewdness are always allowable in ministers as well as others; trick and cunning never. Yet stratagem often takes the place of sagacity, and trick is often miscalled shrewdness. Guile, craft, cunning. imply deception, and can never be reconciled with that entire honesty which a minister of the gospel, and all other Christians, ought to possess; see notes on 2 Corinthians 12:16; compare Psalm 32:2; Psalm 34:13; John 1:47; 1 Peter 2:1, 1 Peter 2:22; Revelation 14:5.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Thessalonians 2:3

    2:3 For our exhortation - That is, our preaching. A part is put for the whole. Is not, at any time, of deceit - We preach not a lie, but the truth of God. Nor of uncleanness - With any unholy or selfish view. This expression is not always appropriated to lust, although it is sometimes emphatically applied thereto. Nor in guile - But with great plainness of speech.