2 Corinthians 11:29
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New International Version
Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

New Living Translation
Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?

English Standard Version
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?

Berean Study Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with grief?

Berean Literal Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn inwardly?

New American Standard Bible
Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

King James Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

International Standard Version
Who is weak without me being weak, too? Who is caused to stumble without me becoming indignant?

NET Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with indignation?

New Heart English Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who is suffering, and I do not suffer? Who has been subverted and I do not burn?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When anyone is weak, I'm weak too. When anyone is caught in a trap, I'm also harmed.

New American Standard 1977
Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who is sick, and I am not sick? who stumbles, and I burn not?

King James 2000 Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

American King James Version
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

American Standard Version
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is caused to stumble, and I burn not?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized, and I am not on fire?

Darby Bible Translation
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is stumbled, and I burn not?

English Revised Version
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is made to stumble, and I burn not?

Webster's Bible Translation
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is made to fall into sin, and I burn not?

Weymouth New Testament
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led astray into sin, and I am not aflame with indignation?

World English Bible
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I don't burn with indignation?

Young's Literal Translation
Who is infirm, and I am not infirm? who is stumbled, and I am not fired;
Study Bible
Paul's Suffering and Service
28Apart from these external trials, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not burn with grief? 30If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:6
Blessed is the one who does not fall away on account of Me."

1 Corinthians 8:9
Be careful, however, that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

1 Corinthians 8:13
Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to stumble.

1 Corinthians 9:22
To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men, so that by all possible means I might save some of them.
Treasury of Scripture

Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

is weak.

2 Corinthians 2:4,5 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with …

2 Corinthians 7:5,6 For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but …

2 Corinthians 13:9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also …

Ezra 9:1-3 Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, …

Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

1 Corinthians 8:13 Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while …

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made …

1 Corinthians 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or …

Galatians 6:2 Bear you one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 3:5-8 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your …

and I burn.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

Numbers 25:6-11 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his …

Nehemiah 5:6-13 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words…

Nehemiah 13:15-20,23-25 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, …

John 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of your …

1 Corinthians 5:1-5 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and …

1 Corinthians 6:5-7,15-18 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among …

1 Corinthians 11:22 What? have you not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise you …

1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some …

1 Corinthians 15:36 You fool, that which you sow is not quickened, except it die:

Galatians 1:7-10 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would …

Galatians 2:4-6,14 And that because of false brothers unawares brought in, who came …

Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey …

Galatians 4:8-20 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which …

Galatians 5:2-4 Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you be circumcised, Christ shall …

2 John 1:10,11 If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him …

Jude 1:3,4 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common …

Revelation 2:2,20 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …

Revelation 3:15-18 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you …

(29) Who is weak and I am not weak . . .?--The words obviously spring from a recollection of all that was involved in that "rush" of which he had just spoken. Did any come to him with his tale of body-sickness or soul-sickness, he, in his infinite sympathy, felt as if he shared in it. He claimed no exemption from their infirmities, was reminded by every such tale of his own liability to them. The words that follow have a still stronger significance. The word "offended" (better, made to stumble--i.e., led to fall by a temptation which the man has not resisted) suggests the thought of some grievous sin, as distinct from weakness; and the dominant sense of the word, as in Matthew 5:29-30; Matthew 18:8-9; Mark 9:42-43; Mark 9:45; Mark 9:47; 1Corinthians 8:13, is that of the sins to which men are led by the temptations of the senses. The other word--to "burn"--is even more startling in its suggestiveness. It had been used in 1Corinthians 7:9 of the "burning" of sensual passion, and it is scarcely open to a doubt that the associations thus connected with it mingle with its meaning here. Men came to the Apostle with their tales of shame, and told how they had been tempted and had fallen; and here, too, he, in that illimitable sympathy of his, seemed to have travelled with them on the downward road. He felt himself suffused, as it were, with the burning glow of their shame. He blushed with them and for them, as though the sin had been his own. Simply as a word, it should be added, it is equally applicable to any emotion of intense pain or fiery indignation, and it has been so taken by many interpreters. The view which has been given above seems, however, most in harmony with the Apostle's character.

Verse 29. - Who is weak, and I am not weak? See, by way of example, 1 Corinthians 8:13; 1 Corinthians 9:22; Romans 14:21. Instead of stiffly maintaining my own prejudices, I am always ready to make concessions to weak brethren. Who is offended, and I burn not! That is, "who is ever caused to stumble without my burning with indignation?" In other words, "Is not the intensity of my sympathy whenever any scandal occurs an addition to the trials of my life?" Who is weak, and I am not weak.... What church is so? or what particular believer is so? for he had not only the care of all the churches, but of all believers upon him; whoever was weak in the faith he was concerned for them, to instruct, establish, and strengthen them; and suited his discourses, reasonings, and language, to their capacity, that they might understand him, and take in right notions of things: or whoever was of a weak and scrupulous conscience about things indifferent, and fearful of using them lest they should sin in so doing, he was cautious of offending them, or doing anything by which their consciences should be defiled, and their peace be broken: or whoever was afflicted, either in body or mind, he sympathized and bore a part with them:

who is offended, and I burn not? whoever was stumbled and made to fall by anything he said or did, or by the words and actions of others, it gave him sensible pain, it made him very uneasy; he was as one in a flame, all on fire, full of grief and trouble till the cause of the offence was removed, and the person offended made easy and restored; the word here used answers to the Hebrew word used in Job 30:25 where it is said, "was not my soul grieved for the poor?" which Mr. Broughton renders, "did not my soul burn for the poor?" Now by all this which the apostle did and suffered, by all actions and sufferings, care and sympathy, he fully appeared to be a true and faithful minister of Christ, and abundantly more than the false apostles, who could produce none of these things as testimonies in their favour. 29. I … weak—in condescending sympathy with the weak (1Co 9:22). "Care generates sympathy, which causes the minister of Christ personally to enter into the feelings of all his people, as if he stood in their position, so as to accommodate himself to all" [Calvin].

offended—by some stumbling-block put in his way by others: the "weak" is most liable to be "offended."

I burn not—The "I" in the Greek is emphatic, which it is not in the former clause, "I am not weak." I not only enter into the feeling of the party offended, but I burn with indignation at the offender, I myself taking up his cause as my own. "Who meets with a stumbling-block and I am not disturbed even more than himself" [Neander].11:22-33 The apostle gives an account of his labours and sufferings; not out of pride or vain-glory, but to the honour of God, who enabled him to do and suffer so much for the cause of Christ; and shows wherein he excelled the false apostles, who tried to lessen his character and usefulness. It astonishes us to reflect on this account of his dangers, hardships, and sufferings, and to observe his patience, perseverance, diligence, cheerfulness, and usefulness, in the midst of all these trials. See what little reason we have to love the pomp and plenty of this world, when this blessed apostle felt so much hardship in it. Our utmost diligence and services appear unworthy of notice when compared with his, and our difficulties and trials scarcely can be perceived. It may well lead us to inquire whether or not we really are followers of Christ. Here we may study patience, courage, and firm trust in God. Here we may learn to think less of ourselves; and we should ever strictly keep to truth, as in God's presence; and should refer all to his glory, as the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore.
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