New International Version
I do not say this to condemn you; I have said before that you have such a place in our hearts that we would live or die with you.
King James Bible
I speak not this to condemn you: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with you.
Darby Bible Translation
I do not speak for condemnation, for I have already said that ye are in our hearts, to die together, and live together.
World English Bible
I say this not to condemn you, for I have said before, that you are in our hearts to die together and live together.
Young's Literal Translation
not to condemn you do I say it, for I have said before that in our hearts ye are to die with and to live with;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I speak not this to condemn you - I do not speak to reproach but to correct you. I wish you to open your eyes and see how you are corrupted, spoiled, and impoverished by those whom ye have incautiously preferred to the true apostles of Jesus Christ.
I have said before, that ye are in our hearts - He has in effect and substance said this, 2 Corinthians 1:6-8 (note); 2 Corinthians 2:4 (note), 2 Corinthians 2:12 (note); 2 Corinthians 3:2 (note), and 2 Corinthians 3:13 (note); where see the passages at length, and the notes.
To die and live with you - An expression which points out the strongest affection, as in cases where love blinds us to the faults of those whom we love, and causes us to prefer them to all others; like that in Horace: -
Quanquam sidere pulchrior
llle est, tu levior cortice, et improbo
Tecum vivere amem, tecum obeam tibens.
Odar. lib. iii. Od. ix. ver. 21.
"Though he exceed in beauty far
The rising lustre of a star;
Though light as cork thy fancy strays,
Thy passions wild as angry seas
When vex'd with storms; yet gladly I
With thee would live, with thee would die."
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Having therefore these promises . . . let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.'--2 COR. vii. 1. It is often made a charge against professing Christians that their religion has very little to do with common morality. The taunt has sharpened multitudes of gibes and been echoed in all sorts of tones: it is very often too true and perfectly just, but if ever it is, let it be distinctly understood that it is not so because of Christian …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Power of Sorrow.
A Glorious vision.
2 Corinthians 6:11
We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God's grace with me.
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