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2 Corinthians 3:1

    2 Corinthians 3:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, letters of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Do we seem to be again attempting to put ourselves in the right? or have we need, as some have, of letters of approval to you or from you?

    Webster's Revision

    Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?

    World English Bible

    Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as do some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? or need we, as do some, epistles of commendation to you or from you?

    Definitions for 2 Corinthians 3:1

    Commend - To praise.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:1

    Do we begin again to commend ourselves - By speaking thus of our sincerity, Divine mission, etc., is it with a design to conciliate your esteem, or ingratiate ourselves in your affections? By no means.

    Or need we - epistles of commendation - Are we so destitute of ministerial abilities and Divine influence that we need, in order to be received in different Churches, to have letters of recommendation? Certainly not. God causes us to triumph through Christ in every place; and your conversion is such an evident seal to our ministry as leaves no doubt that God is with us.

    Letters of commendation - Were frequent in the primitive Church; and were also in use in the apostolic Church, as we learn from this place. But these were, in all probability, not used by the apostles; their helpers, successors, and those who had not the miraculous gifts of the Spirit, needed such letters and they were necessary to prevent the Churches from being imposed on by false teachers. But when apostles came, they brought their own testimonials, the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 3:1

    Do we begin again - This is designed evidently to meet an objection. He had been speaking of his triumph in the ministry 2 Corinthians 2:14, and of his sincerity and honesty, as contrasted with the conduct of many who corrupted the Word of God, 2 Corinthians 2:17. It might be objected that he was magnifying himself in these statements, and designed to commend himself in this manner to the Corinthians. To this he replies in the following verses.

    To commend ourselves? - To recommend ourselves; do we speak this in our own praise, in order to obtain your favor.

    Or need we, as some others - Probably some who had brought letters of recommendation to them from Judea. The false teachers at Corinth had been originally introduced there by commendatory letters from abroad. These were letters of introduction, and were common among the Greeks, the Romans, and the Jews, as they are now. They were usually given to persons who were about to travel, as there were no inns. and as travelers were dependent on the hospitality of those among whom they traveled.

    Of commendation from you - To other congregations. It is implied here by Paul, that he sought no such letter; that he traveled without them; and that he depended on his zeal, and self-denial, and success to make him known, and to give him the affections of those to whom he ministered - a much better recommendation than mere introductory letters. Such letters were, however, sometimes given by Christians, and are by no means improper, Acts 18:27. Yet, they do not appear to have been sought or used by the apostles generally. They depended on their miraculous endowments, and on the attending grace of God to make them known.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 3:1

    3:1 Do we begin again to recommend ourselves - Is it needful? Have I nothing but my own word to recommend me? St. Paul chiefly here intends himself; though not excluding Timotheus, Titus, and Silvanus. Unless we need - As if he had said, Do I indeed want such recommendation?