2 Corinthians 6:13
New International Version
As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.

New Living Translation
I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

English Standard Version
In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

Berean Study Bible
As a fair exchange, I ask you as my children: Open wide your hearts also.

Berean Literal Bible
Now as the same recompense, I speak as to children, be you expanded also.

King James Bible
Now for a recompence in the same, (I speak as unto my children,) be ye also enlarged.

New King James Version
Now in return for the same (I speak as to children), you also be open.

New American Standard Bible
Now in the same way in exchange—I am speaking as to children—open wide your hearts to us, you as well.

NASB 1995
Now in a like exchange— I speak as to children— open wide to us also.

NASB 1977
Now in a like exchange—I speak as to children—open wide to us also.

Amplified Bible
Now in the same way as a fair exchange [for our love toward you]—I am speaking as [I would] to children—open wide [your hearts] to us also.

Christian Standard Bible
I speak as to my children; as a proper response, open your heart to us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I speak as to my children. As a proper response, you should also be open to us.

American Standard Version
Now for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto my children), be ye also enlarged.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I speak as to children: “Pay me my remuneration which is with you, and enlarge your love to me.”

Contemporary English Version
I speak to you as I would speak to my own children. Please make room in your hearts for us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But having the same recompense, (I speak as to my children,) be you also enlarged.

English Revised Version
Now for a recompense in like kind (I speak as unto my children), be ye also enlarged.

Good News Translation
I speak now as though you were my children: show us the same feelings that we have for you. Open your hearts wide!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I'm talking to you as I would talk to children. Treat us the same way we've treated you. Make a place for us in your hearts too.

International Standard Version
Do us a favor—I ask you as my children—and open wide your hearts.

Literal Standard Version
and [as] a repayment of the same kind (as to children I say [it]), be enlarged—also you!

NET Bible
Now as a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts to us also.

New Heart English Bible
Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide.

Weymouth New Testament
And in just requital--I speak as to my children--let your hearts expand also.

World English Bible
Now in return, I speak as to my children, you also be open wide.

Young's Literal Translation
and as a recompense of the same kind, (as to children I say it,) be ye enlarged -- also ye!

Additional Translations ...
Context
Paul's Hardships and God's Grace
12It is not our affection, but yours, that is restrained. 13As a fair exchange, I ask you as my children: Open wide your hearts also. 14Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?…

Cross References
Psalm 119:32
I run in the path of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart.

1 Corinthians 4:14
I am not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved children.

Galatians 4:12
I beg you, brothers, become like me, for I became like you. You have done me no wrong.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.


Treasury of Scripture

Now for a recompense in the same, (I speak as to my children,) be you also enlarged.

I speak.

1 Corinthians 4:14,15
I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you

Galatians 4:19
My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

1 Thessalonians 2:11
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

be.

2 Kings 13:14-19
Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof…

Psalm 81:10
I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Matthew 9:28,29
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord…









(13) Now for a recompence in the same.--Better, perhaps, as a return, as expressing the idea of reciprocity. Children should requite the care and love of parents. (Comp. 2Corinthians 12:14.) They, the Corinthians, are his spiritual children. (Comp. 1Corinthians 4:15.) What does he demand of them, but that they should love him in return for his love? What they needed in their spiritual life was breadth and expansiveness of affection.

Verse 13. - Now, for a recompense in the same. He begs them to give him "a reward in kind;" in other words, he wishes them to be as frank with him as he has been to them. As unto my children. And therefore, as a spiritual father, I may surely ask for sympathy. St. Paul uses the same metaphor in 1 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:11. Be ye also enlarged. Treat me as I have treated you (comp. "Be as I am," Galatians 4:12).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[As]
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

a fair
αὐτὴν (autēn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Feminine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

exchange,
ἀντιμισθίαν (antimisthian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 489: A reward, recompense, retribution. From a compound of anti and misthos; requital, correspondence.

I ask [you]
λέγω (legō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

as
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

[my] children:
τέκνοις (teknois)
Noun - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 5043: A child, descendent, inhabitant. From the base of timoria; a child.

Open wide
πλατύνθητε (platynthēte)
Verb - Aorist Imperative Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4115: To enlarge, make broad; met: of the growth of tenderness and love. From platus; to widen.

your [hearts]
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

also.
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.


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