2 Corinthians 12:19
Good News Translation
Perhaps you think that all along we have been trying to defend ourselves before you. No! We speak as Christ would have us speak in the presence of God, and everything we do, dear friends, is done to help you.

Contemporary English Version
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? Actually, we have been speaking to God as followers of Christ. But, my friends, we did it all for your good.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ: but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification.

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Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ: but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification.

think.

2 Corinthians 3:1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? Or do we need (as some do) epistles of commendation to you, or from you?

2 Corinthians 5:12 We commend not ourselves again to you, but give you occasion to glory in our behalf: that you may have somewhat to answer them who glory in face, and not in heart.

we speak.

2 Corinthians 11:10,31 The truth of Christ is in me, that this glorying shall not be broken off in me in the regions of Achaia. . . .

Romans 9:1 I speak the truth in Christ: I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:

but.

2 Corinthians 5:13 For whether we be transported in mind, it is to God: or whether we be sober, it is for you.

2 Corinthians 10:8 For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed.

2 Corinthians 13:10 Therefore I write these things, being absent, that, being present, I may not deal more severely, according to the power which the Lord hath given me unto edification and not unto destruction.

1 Corinthians 9:12-23 If others be partakers of this power over you, why not we rather? Nevertheless, we have not used this power: but we bear all things, lest we should give any hindrance to the gospel of Christ. . . .

1 Corinthians 10:33 As I also in all things please all men, not seeking that which is profitable to myself but to many: that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? When you come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation: let all things be done to edification.

dearly.

2 Corinthians 12:15 But I most gladly will spend and be spent myself for your souls: although loving you more, I be loved less.

2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.

Romans 12:19 Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Corinthians 10:14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, fly from the service of idols.

Philippians 4:1 Therefore my dearly beloved brethren and most desired, my joy and my crown: so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

Context
Concern for the Corinthians
18I desired Titus: and I sent with him a brother. Did Titus overreach you? Did we not walk with the same spirit? Did we not in the same steps? 19Of old, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ: but all things, my dearly beloved, for your edification. 20For I fear lest perhaps, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found by you such as you would not. Lest perhaps contentions, envyings, animosities, dissensions, detractions, whisperings, swellings, seditions, be among you.…
Cross References
Romans 9:1
I speak the truth in Christ: I lie not, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost:

Romans 14:19
Therefore, let us follow after the things that are of peace and keep the things that are of edification, one towards another.

Romans 15:2
Let every one of you Please his neighbour unto good, to edification.

2 Corinthians 2:17
For we are not as many, adulterating the word of God: but with sincerity: but as from God, before God, in Christ we speak.

2 Corinthians 10:8
For if also I should boast somewhat more of our power, which the Lord hath given us unto edification and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed.

1 Thessalonians 5:11
For which cause comfort one another and edify one another, as you also do.

Hebrews 6:9
But, my dearly beloved, we trust better things of you, and nearer to salvation; though we speak thus.

Additional Translations
Have you been thinking all along that we were making a defense to you? We speak before God in Christ, and all of this, beloved, is to build you up.

Have you been thinking all along that we have been making a defense to you? We speak in Christ before God, but all things, beloved, for your edification.

Again, think you that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.

Ye think all this time that we are excusing ourselves unto you. In the sight of God speak we in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.

Ye have long been supposing that we excuse ourselves to you: we speak before God in Christ; and all things, beloved, for your building up.

Ye think all this time that we are excusing ourselves unto you. In the sight of God speak we in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.

Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves to you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edification.

You are imagining, all this time, that we are making our defense at your bar. In reality it is as in God's presence and in communion with Christ that we speak; but, dear friends, it is all with a view to your progress in goodness.

Again, do you think that we are excusing ourselves to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edifying.

Again, think ye that to you we are making defence? before God in Christ do we speak; and the all things, beloved, are for your up-building,
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