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2 Corinthians 6:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Our mouth is open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart is enlarged.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is open unto you, our heart is enlarged.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Our mouth has spoken freely to you, O Corinthians, our heart is opened wide.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is open to you, our heart is enlarged.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Our mouth is opened to you, Corinthians, our heart is expanded.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Our mouth, is opened unto you, O Corinthians! our heart, hath become enlarged:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Our mouth hath been open unto you, O Corinthians, our heart hath been enlarged!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Our mouth is open to you, O ye Corinthians: our heart is enlarged.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— O yee Corinthians, our mouth is open vnto you, our heart is enlarged.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— OUR mouth is opened to you, Kurinthoyee, and our heart expanded.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— O ye Corinthians, our mouth is opened towards you, and our heart expanded.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
O [ye] Corinthians, 2881
{2881} Prime
Κορίνθιος
Korinthios
{kor-in'-thee-os}
From G2882; a Corinthian, that is, inhabitant of Corinth.
our 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
mouth 4750
{4750} Prime
στόμα
stoma
{stom'-a}
Probably stregthened from a presumed derivative of the base of G5114; the mouth (as if a gash in the face); by implication language (and its relations); figuratively an opening (in the earth); specifically the front or edge (of a weapon).
is open 455
{0455} Prime
ἀνοίγω
anoigo
{an-oy'-go}
From G0303 and οἴγω [[oigo]] (to open); to open up (literally or figuratively, in various applications).
z5754
<5754> Grammar
Tense - Second Perfect (See G5782)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 97
unto 4314
{4314} Prime
πρός
pros
{pros}
A strengthened form of G4253; a preposition of direction; forward to, that is, toward (with the genitive case the side of, that is, pertaining to; with the dative case by the side of, that is, near to; usually with the accusative case the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, that is, whither or for which it is predicated).
you, 5209
{5209} Prime
ὑμᾶς
humas
{hoo-mas'}
Accusative of G5210; you (as the object of a verb or preposition).
our 2257
{2257} Prime
ἡμῶν
hemon
{hay-mone'}
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
heart 2588
{2588} Prime
καρδία
kardia
{kar-dee'-ah}
Prolonged from a primary κάρ [[kar]] (Latin cor, 'heart'); the heart, that is, (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle.
is enlarged. 4115
{4115} Prime
πλατύνω
platuno
{plat-oo'-no}
From G4116; to widen (literally or figuratively).
z5769
<5769> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 215
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Corinthians 6:11

_ _ mouth ... open unto you — I use no concealment, such as some at Corinth have insinuated (2 Corinthians 4:2). I use all freedom and openness of speech to you as to beloved friends. Hence he introduces here, “O Corinthians” (compare Philippians 4:15). The enlargement of his heart towards them (2 Corinthians 7:3) produced his openness of mouth, that is, his unreserved expression of his inmost feelings. As an unloving man is narrow in heart, so the apostle’s heart is enlarged by love, so as to take in his converts at Corinth, not only with their graces, but with their many shortcomings (compare 1 Kings 4:29; Psalms 119:32; Isaiah 60:5).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

2 Corinthians 6:11-18

_ _ The apostle proceeds to address himself more particularly to the Corinthians, and cautions them against mingling with unbelievers. Here observe,

_ _ I. How the caution is introduced with a profession, in a very pathetic manner, of the most tender affection to them, even like that of a father to his children, 2 Corinthians 6:11-13. Though the apostle was happy in a great fluency of expressions, yet he seemed to want words to express the warm affections he had for these Corinthians. As if he had said, “O ye Corinthians, to whom I am now writing, I would fain convince you how well I love you: we are desirous to promote the spiritual and eternal welfare of all to whom we preach, yet our mouth is open unto you, and our heart is enlarged unto you, in a special manner.” And, because his heart was thus enlarged with love to them, therefore he opened his mouth so freely to them in kind admonitions and exhortations: “You are not,” says he, “straitened in us; we would gladly do you all the service we can, and promote your comfort, as helpers of your faith and your joy; and, if it be otherwise, the fault is in yourselves; it is because you are straitened in yourselves, and fail in suitable returns to us, through some misapprehensions concerning us; and all we desire as a recompense is only that you would be proportionably affected towards us, as children should love their father.” Note, It is desirable that there should be a mutual good affection between ministers and their people, and this would greatly tend to their mutual comfort and advantage.

_ _ II. The caution or exhortation itself, not to mingle with unbelievers, not to be unequally yoked with them, 2 Corinthians 6:14. Either,

_ _ 1. In stated relations. It is wrong for good people to join in affinity with the wicked and profane; these will draw different ways, and that will be galling and grievous. Those relations that are our choice must be chosen by rule; and it is good for those who are themselves the children of God to join with those who are so likewise; for there is more danger that the bad will damage the good than hope that the good will benefit the bad.

_ _ 2. In common conversation. We should not yoke ourselves in friendship and acquaintance with wicked men and unbelievers. Though we cannot wholly avoid seeing, and hearing, and being with such, yet we should never choose them for our bosom-friends.

_ _ 3. Much less should we join in religious communion with them; we must not join with them in their idolatrous services, nor concur with them in their false worship, nor any abominations; we must not confound together the table of the Lord and the table of devils, the house of God and the house of Rimmon. The apostle gives several good reasons against this corrupt mixture. (1.) It is a very great absurdity, 2 Corinthians 6:14, 2 Corinthians 6:15. It is an unequal yoking of things together that will not agree together; as bad as for the Jews to have ploughed with an ox and an ass or to have sown divers sorts of grain intermixed. What an absurdity is it to think of joining righteousness and unrighteousness, or mingling light and darkness, fire and water, together! Believers are, and should be, righteous; but unbelievers are unrighteous. Believers are made light in the Lord, but unbelievers are in darkness; and what comfortable communion can these have together? Christ and Belial are contrary one to the other; they have opposite interests and designs, so that it is impossible there should be any concord or agreement between them. It is absurd, therefore, to think of enlisting under both; and, if the believer has part with an infidel, he does what in him lies to bring Christ and Belial together. (2.) It is a dishonour to the Christian's profession (2 Corinthians 6:16); for Christians are by profession, and should be in reality, the temples of the living God — dedicated to, and employed for, the service of God, who has promised to reside in them, to dwell and walk in them, to stand in a special relation to them, and take a special care of them, that he will be their God and they shall be his people. Now there can be no agreement between the temple of God and idols. Idols are rivals with God for his honour, and God is a jealous God, and will not give his glory to another. (3.) There is a great deal of danger in communicating with unbelievers and idolators, danger of being defiled and of being rejected; therefore the exhortation is (2 Corinthians 6:17) to come out from among them, and keep at a due distance, to be separate, as one would avoid the society of those who have the leprosy or the plague, for fear of taking infection, and not to touch the unclean thing, lest we be defiled. Who can touch pitch, and not be defiled by it? We must take care not to defile ourselves by converse with those who defile themselves with sin; so is the will of God, as we ever hope to be received, and not rejected, by him. (4.) It is base ingratitude to God for all the favours he has bestowed upon believers and promised to them, 2 Corinthians 6:18. God has promised to be a Father to them, and that they shall be his sons and his daughters; and is there a greater honour or happiness than this? How ungrateful a thing then must it be if those who have this dignity and felicity should degrade and debase themselves by mingling with unbelievers! Do we thus requite the Lord, O foolish and unwise?

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Corinthians 6:11

From the praise of the Christian ministry, which he began 2 Corinthians 2:14, he now draws his affectionate exhortation. O ye Corinthians — He seldom uses this appellation. But it has here a peculiar force. Our mouth is opened toward you — With uncommon freedom, because our heart is enlarged — In tenderness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Corinthians 6:11

(6) O [ye] Corinthians, our mouth is (g) open unto you, our heart is enlarged.

(6) Going about to rebuke them he says first that he deals with them sincerely and with an open and plain heart, and in addition complains that they do not do the same in loving their Father.

(g) The opening of the mouth and heart signifies a most earnest affection in him that speaks, as it happens commonly with those that are in some great joy.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
ye:

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Philippians 4:15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

our mouth:

2 Corinthians 7:3-4 I speak not [this] to condemn [you]: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with [you]. ... Great [is] my boldness of speech toward you, great [is] my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation.
1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
Job 32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed: I will open my lips and answer.
Job 33:2-3 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth. ... My words [shall be of] the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.
Psalms 51:15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

our heart:

2 Corinthians 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.
2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.
Psalms 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
Habakkuk 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, [he is] a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and [is] as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
Ephesians 6:8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether [he be] bond or free.
Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
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1S 2:1. Jb 32:20; 33:2. Ps 51:15; 119:32. Hab 2:5. 2Co 2:4; 7:3; 12:15. Ga 3:1. Ep 6:8. Php 1:8; 4:15. Rv 22:12.

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