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2 Corinthians 11:7

    2 Corinthians 11:7 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Have I committed an offense in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Or did I do wrong in making myself low so that you might be lifted up, because I gave you the good news of God without reward?

    Webster's Revision

    Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought?

    World English Bible

    Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached to you God's Good News free of charge?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought?

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 11:7

    Gospel - Good news.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 11:7

    Have I committed an offense in abasing myself - Have I transgressed in labouring with my hands that I might not be chargeable to you? and getting my deficiencies supplied by contributions from other Churches, while I was employed in labouring for your salvation? Does your false apostle insinuate that I have disgraced the apostolic office by thus descending to servile labor for my support? Well; I have done this that you might be exalted - that you might receive the pure doctrines of the Gospel, and be exalted to the highest pitch of intellectual light and blessedness. And will you complain that I preached the Gospel gratis to you? Surely not. The whole passage is truly ironical.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 11:7

    Have I committed an offence - Have I done wrong. Greek, "Have I committed a sin." There is here a somewhat abrupt transition from the previous verse; and the connection is not very apparent. Perhaps the connection is this. "I admit my inferiority in regard to my manner of speaking. But this does not interfere with my full understanding of the doctrines which I preach, nor does it interfere with the numerous evidences which I have furnished that I am called to the office of an apostle. What then is the ground of offence? In what have I erred? Wherein have I shown that I was not qualified to be an apostle? Is it in the fact that I have not chosen to press my claim to a support, but have preached the gospel without charge?" There can be no doubt that they urged this as an objection to him, and as a proof that he was conscious that he had no claim to the office of an apostle; see the notes on 1Co. 9:3-18. Paul here answers this charge; and the sum of his reply is, that he had received a support, but that it had come from others, a support which they had furnished because the Corinthians had neglected to do it.

    In abasing myself - By laboring with my own hands; by submitting to voluntary poverty, and by neglecting to urge my reasonable claims for a support.

    That ye might be exalted - In spiritual blessings and comforts. I did it because I could thus better promote religion among you. I could thus avoid the charge of aiming at the acquisition of wealth; could shut the mouths of gainsayers, and could more easily secure access to you. Is it now to be seriously urged as a fault that I have sought your welfare, and that in doing it I have submitted to great self-denial and to many hardships? See notes on 1 Corinthians 9:18 ff.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 11:7

    11:7 Have I committed an offence - Will any turn this into an objection? In humbling myself - To work at my trade. That ye might be exalted - To be children of God.