New International Version
Have you been thinking all along that we have been defending ourselves to you? We have been speaking in the sight of God as those in Christ; and everything we do, dear friends, is for your strengthening.
King James Bible
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves unto you? we speak before God in Christ: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your edifying.
Darby Bible Translation
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.
World English Bible
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.
Young's Literal Translation
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Think ye that we excuse ourselves - Απολογουμεθα; That we make an apology for our conduct; or, that I have sent Titus and that brother to you because I was ashamed or afraid to come myself?
We speak before God in Christ - I have not done so; I speak the truth before God; he is judge whether I was actuated in this way by any sinister or unworthy motive.
For your edifying - Whatever I have done in this or any other way, I have done for your edifying; not for any emolument to myself or friends.
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I speak the truth in Christ--I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit--
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up.
2 Corinthians 2:17
Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.
2 Corinthians 10:8
So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave us for building you up rather than tearing you down, I will not be ashamed of it.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case--the things that have to do with salvation.
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