Conscience (2 Cor. 5:11)

“Therefore,

Knowing

The fear of the Lord,

We try to persuade

Other men.

But we ourselves

Are well known

To God.

I hope

That we are well known

To your conscience.”

Εἰδότες οὖν τὸν φόβον τοῦ Κυρίου ἀνθρώπους πείθομεν, Θεῷ δὲ πεφανερώμεθα· ἐλπίζω δὲ καὶ ἐν ταῖς συνειδήσεσιν ὑμῶν πεφανερῶσθαι.

Paul said that therefore, knowing (Εἰδότες οὖν) the fear of the Lord (τὸν φόβον τοῦ Κυρίου), we try to persuade other men (ἀνθρώπους πείθομεν).  But we ourselves are well known (πεφανερώμεθα) to God (Θεῷ).  I hope (ἐλπίζω) that we are well known (πεφανερῶσθαι) to your conscience (δὲ καὶ ἐν ταῖς συνειδήσεσιν ὑμῶν).  Paul explained that the fear of the Lord persuaded them to preach to other people.  They knew that God knew them.  He also hoped that they would be well known to them in their conscience.  Thus, they would know right from wrong.  Paul was very strong on the concept of conscience.  Are you well known before God?

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