2 Corinthians 1:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 1:13, NIV: For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that,

2 Corinthians 1:13, ESV: For we are not writing to you anything other than what you read and understand and I hope you will fully understand—

2 Corinthians 1:13, KJV: For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end;

2 Corinthians 1:13, NASB: For we write nothing else to you than what you read and understand, and I hope you will understand until the end;

2 Corinthians 1:13, NLT: Our letters have been straightforward, and there is nothing written between the lines and nothing you can't understand. I hope someday you will fully understand us,

2 Corinthians 1:13, CSB: For we are writing nothing to you other than what you can read and also understand. I hope you will understand completely--

What does 2 Corinthians 1:13 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul appears to be defending himself against accusations that he lacked integrity, among other things. He has rejected this, insisting that he and his team have behaved with the Corinthians as they always do: with openness, integrity, and sincerity, by the grace of God. The main source of this complaint might be that Paul was unable to visit Corinth as soon as he had once hoped (1 Corinthians 16:5–9). Or, it may be that Paul had visited in between these two letters, but decided not to return, for reasons explained later.

Now Paul adds that everything he writes in his letters is straightforward and clear. He does not write with hidden meanings or secret agendas. He hopes that they understand what he writes and takes it at face value instead of looking for deception or ulterior motives or thinking he is using obtuse language to confuse and mislead them.