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2 Corinthians 11:3

11:3 But I am afraid that 1  just as the serpent 2  deceived Eve by his treachery, 3  your minds may be led astray 4  from a sincere and pure 5  devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

11:13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful 6  workers, disguising themselves 7  as apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself 8  as an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves 9  as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions. 10 

1 tn Grk “I fear lest somehow.”

2 tn Or “the snake.”

3 tn Or “craftiness.”

4 tn Or “corrupted,” “seduced.”

5 tc Although most mss (א2 H Ψ 0121 0243 1739 1881 Ï) lack “and pure” (καὶ τῆς ἁγνότητος, kai th" Jagnothto"; Grk “and purity”) several important and early witnesses (Ì46 א* B D[2] F G 33 81 104 pc ar r co) retain these words. Their presence in such mss across such a wide geographical distribution argues for their authenticity. The omission from the majority of mss can be explained by haplography, since the -τητος ending of ἁγνότητος is identical to the ending of ἁπλότητος (Japlothto", “sincerity”) three words back (ἁπλότητος καὶ τῆς ἁγνότητος); further, since the meanings of “sincerity” and “purity” are similar they might seem redundant. A copyist would scarcely notice the omission because Paul’s statement still makes sense without “and from purity.”

6 tn Or “dishonest.”

7 tn Or “workers, masquerading.”

8 tn Or “Satan himself masquerades.”

9 tn Or “also masquerade.”

10 tn Or “their works.”

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