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PEDDLER (καπηλεύω, G2836, to trade in; κάπηλος, huckster). Peddler does not appear at all in the KJV and but once in the RSV (2 Cor 2:17) in the phrase “peddlers of God’s word.” A similar word (δολόω, G1516) appears in 2 Corinthians 4:2 as “to practice cunning.” Both words convey the idea of falsifying, but the former includes the additional idea of deceit for worldly advantage. Peddlers often sold short measure or adulterated their wine with water. Paul distinguishes himself from religious hucksters of the word of God. He gave full measure of the whole counsel of God without ulterior motive.