11 Therefore, because we know the fear of the Lord,(A) we seek to persuade people. We are completely open before God, and I hope we are completely open to your consciences as well. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again, but giving you an opportunity to be proud of us, so that you may have a reply for those who take pride in the outward appearance[a] rather than in the heart.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 5:12 Lit in face

by the message of truth,(A)
by the power of God;(B)
through weapons of righteousness
on the right hand and the left,

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14 For if I have made any boast to him about you, I have not been embarrassed; but as I have spoken everything to you in truth,(A) so our boasting to Titus has also turned out to be the truth.

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