My good friend Davey Ermold takes a closer look at the word “simplicity” in 2 Corinthians 1:12.
It’s not uncommon for me, using the New American Standard Bible, to run into interesting discrepancies between translations in a church that primarily uses the New International Version. Today in Sunday School was such a time. Today’s teacher read 2 Corinthians 1:12 in the New King James Version:
For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
It caught my eye, because the NASB translates the underlined as holiness and godly sincerity.
Naturally, I couldn’t let it go. So I checked the different versions:
ESV: simplicity and godly sincerity (footnote: some manuscripts read holiness)
HCSB: God-given sincerity and purity
KJV: simplicity and godly sincerity
NET: pure motives and sincerity which are from God
NIV: integrity and godly sincerity
NLT: God-given holiness
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