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1 Thessalonians 2:5
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is our witness),
For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness;
For as you well know, we never came with words of flattery nor with a pretext for greed—God is our witness—
For as you well know, we never resorted either to words of flattery or to any cloak to conceal greedy motives or pretexts for gain, [as] God is our witness.
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
As you know, we never used flattery, and God is our witness that we didn’t have greedy motives.
For, as you know, never did we employ flattering talk, nor did we put on a false front to mask greed — God is witness.
You also know that we didn’t try to flatter anyone. God himself knows that what we did wasn’t a cover-up for greed.
For we have not at any time been [among you] with flattering discourse, even as ye know, nor with a pretext for covetousness, God [is] witness;
For neither did we at-any-time come with a word of flattery, as you know; nor with a pretext for greed— God is witness;
For neither have we used, at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know; nor taken an occasion of covetousness, God is witness:
You know that we never tried to influence you by saying nice things about you. We were not trying to get your money. We had no greed to hide from you. God knows that this is true.
For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.
For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.
You know that we never ·tried to influence you by saying nice things about you [L came with words of flattery]. ·We were not trying to get your money; we had no selfishness to hide from you [L …nor with hidden motives of greed]. God ·knows that this is true [L is (our) witness].
Neither yet did we ever use flattering words, as ye know, nor colored covetousness, God is record.
As you know, we never used flattery or schemes to make money. God is our witness!
You know very well that we did not come to you with flattering talk, nor did we use words to cover up greed—God is our witness!
For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy motives—God is our witness—
You know that we never tried to influence you by saying nice things about you. We were not trying to get your money. We had no selfishness to hide from you. God knows that this is true.
As you know, we did not come with flattering words or with a scheme to make money. God is our witness!
Our message to you is true, our motives are pure, our conduct is absolutely above board. We speak under the solemn sense of being trusted by God with the Gospel. We do not aim to please men, but to please God who knows us through and through. No one could ever say, as again you know, that we used flattery to conceal greedy motives, and God himself is witness to our honesty. We made no attempt to win honour from men, either from you or from anybody else, though I suppose as Christ’s own messengers we might have done so. Our attitude among you was one of tenderness, rather like that of a devoted nurse among her babies. Because we loved you, it was a joy to us to give you not only the Gospel of God but our very hearts—so dear did you become to us. Our struggles and hard work, my brothers, must still be fresh in your minds. Day and night we worked so that our preaching of the Gospel to you might not cost you a penny. You are witnesses, as is God himself, that our life among you believers was honest, straightforward and above criticism. You will remember how we dealt with each one of you personally, like a father with his own children, stimulating your faith and courage and giving you instruction. Our only object was to help you to live lives worthy of the God who has called you to share the splendour of his kingdom.
For we were never flatterers in the word, as ye know, nor tainted with covetousness, God is witness,
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
For never did we come with a word of flattery, just as you know, nor with a pretext of greediness (God is witness),
Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you very well know, and God knows we were not just pretending to be your friends so that you would give us money!
God tested us thoroughly to make sure we were qualified to be trusted with this Message. Be assured that when we speak to you we’re not after crowd approval—only God approval. Since we’ve been put through that battery of tests, you’re guaranteed that both we and the Message are free of error, mixed motives, or hidden agendas. We never used words to butter you up. No one knows that better than you. And God knows we never used words as a smoke screen to take advantage of you.
For neither at any time did we come with flattering words, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed. God is our witness.
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed—God is our witness.
As you know, we never used flattery or schemes to make money. God is our witness!
Nor, indeed, did we ever appear with flattering speech, as you know, or with a pretext for greed—God is witness—
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness—
You know that we never tried to influence you by saying nice things about you. We were not trying to get your money; we had no selfishness to hide from you. God knows that this is true.
For we never appeared with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is our witness—
As you know, we never praised you if we didn’t mean it. We didn’t put on a mask to cover up any sinful desire. God is our witness that this is true.
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness.
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed – God is our witness.
For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness.
You know we never used smooth-sounding words. God knows we never tried to get money from you by preaching.
Never once did we try to win you with flattery, as you well know. And God is our witness that we were not pretending to be your friends just to get your money!
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
As you know and as God is our witness, we never came with words of flattery or with a pretext for greed;
Nor did we ever come with divrei chanuppah (words of flattery), as you know, nor with pretext for chamdanut (greed)‖Der Oybershter is mine eidus! (G-d is my witness!)
For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
For we never used either words of flattery, as you know, or a cloak for greed, as God is witness;
For as you know and God is witness, we never came with a word of flattery or a motive of greed—
As you know, we didn’t sandwich the truth between cunning compliments—we told it straight—and before the eye of God, we never conspired to make a single cent off of you.
For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),
We never said nice things about people that were not true. You know this. We never talked to get something out of it for ourselves. God knows this.
For neither we were any time in word of glossing [Forsooth neither we were any time in word of flattering], as ye know, neither in occasion of avarice; God is witness;
for at no time did we come with speech of flattery, (as ye have known,) nor in a pretext for covetousness, (God [is] witness!)
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