2 Corinthians 4:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 4:2, NIV: Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:2, ESV: But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:2, KJV: But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:2, NASB: but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in trickery nor distorting the word of God, but by the open proclamation of the truth commending ourselves to every person’s conscience in the sight of God.

2 Corinthians 4:2, NLT: We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. We don't try to trick anyone or distort the word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.

2 Corinthians 4:2, CSB: Instead, we have renounced secret and shameful things, not acting deceitfully or distorting the word of God, but commending ourselves before God to everyone's conscience by an open display of the truth.

What does 2 Corinthians 4:2 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul's bottom line about his ministry is this: What you see is what you get. He and his friends understand their purpose, given by God, to carry the gospel of faith in Christ to the world. They refuse to give up even when things get difficult (2 Corinthians 4:1), and they refuse to cut corners to make the work easier.

It seems there were accusations Paul was being false about some things. Perhaps he was accused even of being a false apostle. He declares his innocence in this verse. He and his co-workers have flatly refused to ever use disgraceful or deceptive means to achieve anything. They are resolved to never be sneaky in any way or about anything. They certainly would never tamper with God's Word by watering it down or manipulating it for their own advantage or by adding to it. They understand their work to be given to them by God, and they know they are responsible to Him to get it right.

That's why Paul now says confidently, everyone is welcome to look at how they conduct themselves and what they say. Critics can see for themselves if the apostle and his friends are being truthful. They speak openly, in full view of all, and all are welcome to search in God's sight to see if they can find any hidden thing going on with Paul and his co-workers. Paul is confident that nobody will, because he has nothing to hide from anyone.