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2 Corinthians 2:11

    2 Corinthians 2:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So that Satan may not get the better of us: for we are not without knowledge of his designs.

    Webster's Revision

    that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    World English Bible

    that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    that no advantage may be gained over us by Satan: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 2:11

    Satan - Adversary.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 2:11

    Lest Satan should get an advantage - If the man who has given sufficient proof of the sincerity of his repentance be not restored, he may be overwhelmed with sorrow, and sink into despair; and then the discipline of the Church will be represented, not as emendatory, but as leading to destruction. Of this our enemies would most gladly avail themselves, as they wish to discredit this ministry; and there is always at hand a devil to suggest evil, and prompt men to do it; for in this respect we have thorough acquaintance with his devices. Let us therefore be careful to remove, both from Satan and his partisans, all those occasions which might turn to the disadvantage or disparagement of the Gospel of Christ.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 2:11

    Lest Satan - The devil. The name Satan denotes an adversary, an accuser, an enemy. It is the usual proper name which is given to the devil, the great adversary of God and man.

    Should get an advantage of us - The literal translation of the Greek would be, "That we may not be defrauded by Satan." (Ἵνα μὴ πλεονεκτηθῶμεν ὑπὸ τοῦ Σατανᾶ Hina mē pleonektēthōmen hupo Satana). The verb used here denotes to have more than another; then to gain, to take advantage of one, to defraud. And the idea is, that they should at once re-admit the penitent offender to their communion, lest if they did not do it, Satan would take advantage of it to do injury to him and them. It is a reason given by Paul why they should lose no time in restoring him to the church. What the advantage was which Satan might gain, Paul does not specify. It might be this: That under pretence of duty, and seeking the purity of the church, Satan would tempt them to harsh measures; to needless severity of discipline; to an unkind and unforgiving spirit; and thus, at the same time, injure the cause of religion, and ruin him who had been the subject of discipline.

    For we are not ignorant of his devices - We know his plans, his thoughts, his cunning, his skill. We are not ignorant of the great number of stratagems which he is constantly using to injure us, and to destroy the souls of people. He is full of wiles; and Paul had had abundant occasion to be acquainted with the means which he had used to defeat his plans and to destroy the church. The church, at all times, has been subjected to the influence of those wiles, as well as individual Christians. And the church, therefore, as well as individual Christians, should be constantly on its guard against those snares. Even the best and purest efforts of the church are often perverted, as in the case of administering discipline, to the worst results; and by the imprudence and lack of wisdom; by the rashness or overheated zeal; by the pretensions to great purity and love of truth; and by a harsh, severe, and censorious spirit, Satan often takes advantage of the church, and advances his own dark and mischievous designs.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 2:11

    2:11 Lest Satan - To whom he had been delivered, and who sought to destroy not only his flesh, but his soul also. Get an advantage over us - For the loss of one soul is a common loss.