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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Corinthians 12:11-21

In these verses the apostle addresses himself to the Corinthians two ways:? I. He blames them for what was faulty in them; namely, that they had not stood up in his defence as they ought to have done, and so made it the more needful for him to insist so much on his own vindication. They in manner compelled him to commend himself, who ought to have been commended of them 2 Cor. 12:11. And had they, or some among them, not failed on their part, it would have been less needful for him to have... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 2 Corinthians 12:11-18

12:11-18 I have become a fool--you forced me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, not by myself. I am in no way inferior to the super-apostles, even if I am nothing. The signs of an apostle have been wrought among you in all endurance, with signs and wonders and deeds of power. In what have you been surpassed by the rest of the churches, except that I have not squeezed charity out of you? Forgive me for this sin. Look you! I am ready to come to you for the third time, and I still... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 12:18

I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother ,.... The apostle proceeds to mention one or two persons that he had sent unto them, and desires to know whether they could charge them with any such practices. He had desired, exhorted, and encouraged Titus to go unto them, and collect money from them; but not for either of themselves, but for the poor saints at Jerusalem; and he sent another brother along with him, who is by some supposed to be Luke, to be a companion of him, and an assistant... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Corinthians 12:18

I desired Titus - I never sent any to you but Titus and another brother; 2 Corinthians 8:6 , 2 Corinthians 8:18 . And did Titus make a gain of you? Did he get any thing from you, either for himself or for me? You know he did not. He was actuated by the same spirit, and he walked in the same steps. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Corinthians 12:18

Titus . This refers to the first visit of Titus. He was now on the eve of a second visit with two others ( 2 Corinthians 8:6 , 2 Corinthians 8:18 , 2 Corinthians 8:22 ). A brother; rather, the brother . Who it was is entirely unknown. Perhaps Tychicus ( Titus 3:12 ). In the same Spirit; namely, in the Spirit of God. read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Corinthians 12:18

I desired Titus - To go and complete the collection which you had commenced; see 2 Corinthians 8:6.And with him I sent a brother - see note on 2 Corinthians 8:18.Did Titus make a gain of you - They knew that he did not. They had received him kindly, treated him with affection, and sent him away with every proof of confidence and respect; see 2 Corinthians 7:7. How then could they now pretend that he had defrauded them?Walked we not in the same spirit? - Did not all his actions resemble mine?... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Corinthians 12:16-18

2 Corinthians 12:16-18. Be it so, &c. But some may object; though I did not burden you Though I did not take any thing of you myself; yet being crafty, I caught you with guile I did secretly by my messengers what I would not do openly or in person. I answer this lying accusation by appealing to plain fact. Did I make a gain of you by any of my messengers? You know the contrary. It should be carefully observed that St. Paul does not allow, but absolutely denies, that he had caught... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Corinthians 12:11-21

Plan to visit Corinth again (12:11-21)The Corinthians have forced Paul to this foolish boasting through their believing the accusations that the false apostles made against him. He reminds them also of the miracles and wonders he performed among them, in spite of great difficulties. All these examples should make them see clearly that he is not a second-class apostle (11-12). His refusal to live at the Corinthians’ expense was for the purpose of helping them. But instead of being thankful to... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 2 Corinthians 12:18

with , &c. Greek. sunopostello. App-174 . Only here. a = the. See 2 Corinthians 8:18 . spirit . App-101 . Put by Figure of speech Metonymy for mind. The internal purpose, in contrast with the external walk. steps . Greek. ichnos . See Romans 4:12 . read more

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