We seek the truth (2 Cor. 4:2)

“We have renounced

Hidden shameful things.

We refuse

To practice cunning

Or to falsify God’s word.

But by the open statement

Of the truth,

We commend ourselves

To every man’s conscience

In the sight of God.”

ἀλλὰ ἀπειπάμεθα τὰ κρυπτὰ τῆς αἰσχύνης, μὴ περιπατοῦντες ἐν πανουργίᾳ μηδὲ δολοῦντες τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἀλλὰ τῇ φανερώσει τῆς ἀληθείας συνιστάνοντες ἑαυτοὺς πρὸς πᾶσαν συνείδησιν ἀνθρώπων ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ.

Paul said that we have renounced (ἀλλὰ ἀπειπάμεθα) hidden shameful things (τὰ κρυπτὰ τῆς αἰσχύνης).  We do not practice cunning or walk (μὴ περιπατοῦντες) in craftiness (ἐν πανουργίᾳ).  We do not falsify (μηδὲ δολοῦντες) God’s word (τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ).  But by the open manifest statement (ἀλλὰ τῇ φανερώσει) of the truth (τῆς ἀληθείας), we commend ourselves (συνιστάνοντες ἑαυτοὺς) to every man’s conscience (πρὸς πᾶσαν συνείδησιν ἀνθρώπων) in the sight of God (ἐνώπιον τοῦ Θεοῦ).  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἀπειπάμεθα that means forbid, renounce, disown, or refuse, and the word δολοῦντες that means ensnare, adulterate, or corrupt.  Only the Pauline letters used this word φανερώσει, that means manifestation or disclosure.  Paul clearly denounced any disgraceful or underhanded cunning or hidden shameful way of doing things.  He was not falsifying the word of God.  He was an open truth teller.  He was asking everyone to examine themselves in the sight of God.  This may have been a slap at the tactics of the other false Christian prophets.  The Christian people in Corinth may have accused Paul of being crafty or cunning.  Paul would have none of that.  He had always been honest and straight forward in his preaching.  He maintained that there was nothing deceptive about him.  Are you deceptive in how you talk?

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