New International Version
Be that as it may, I have not been a burden to you. Yet, crafty fellow that I am, I caught you by trickery!
King James Bible
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.
Darby Bible Translation
But be it so. *I* did not burden you, but being crafty I took you by guile.
World English Bible
But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.
Young's Literal Translation
And be it so, I -- I did not burden you, but being crafty, with guile I did take you;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But be it so, I did not burden you - That is: You grant that I did not burden you, that I took nothing from you, but preached to you the Gospel freely; but you say that, Being Crafty, I caught you with guile; i.e. getting from you, by means of others, what I pretended to be unwilling to receive immediately from yourselves.
Many persons suppose that the words, being crafty, I caught you with guile, are the words of the apostle and not of his slanderers; and therefore have concluded that it is lawful to use guile, deceit, etc., in order to serve a good and a religious purpose. This doctrine is abominable; and the words are most evidently those of the apostle's detractors, against which he defends his conduct in the two following verses.
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being. That is, as my enemies represent.
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'I seek not yours, but you.'--2 COR. xii. 14. Men are usually quick to suspect others of the vices to which they themselves are prone. It is very hard for one who never does anything but with an eye to what he can make out of it, to believe that there are other people actuated by higher motives. So Paul had, over and over again, to meet the hateful charge of making money out of his apostleship. It was one of the favourite stones that his opponents in the Corinthian Church, of whom there were very …
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The Collection for St Paul: the Farewell
That Man Hath no Good in Himself, and Nothing Whereof to Glory
Extracts No. viii.
2 Corinthians 6:8
through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors;
2 Corinthians 11:9
And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face.
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