2 Corinthians 11:8
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New International Version
I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.

New Living Translation
I "robbed" other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost.

English Standard Version
I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.

Berean Study Bible
I robbed other churches by accepting their support in order to serve you.

Berean Literal Bible
I robbed other churches, having received support for service toward you.

New American Standard Bible
I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you;

King James Bible
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I robbed other churches by taking pay from them to minister to you.

International Standard Version
I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.

NET Bible
I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so that I could serve you!

New Heart English Bible
I robbed other churches, taking wages from them that I might serve you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I robbed other assemblies and took expenses for your service.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I robbed other churches by taking pay from them to serve you.

New American Standard 1977
I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to serve you;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I deprived the other congregations {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, taking wages of them, to do you service.

King James 2000 Bible
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

American King James Version
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

American Standard Version
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them that I might minister unto you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have taken from other churches, receiving wages of them for your ministry.

Darby Bible Translation
I spoiled other assemblies, receiving hire for ministry towards you.

English Revised Version
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them that I might minister unto you;

Webster's Bible Translation
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

Weymouth New Testament
Other Churches I robbed, receiving pay from them in order to do you service.

World English Bible
I robbed other assemblies, taking wages from them that I might serve you.

Young's Literal Translation
other assemblies I did rob, having taken wages, for your ministration;
Study Bible
Paul and the False Apostles
7Was it a sin for me to humble myself in order to exalt you, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? 8I robbed other churches by accepting their support in order to serve you. 9And when I was with you and in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my needs. I have refrained from being a burden to you in any way, and I will continue to do so.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:12
We work hard with our own hands. When we are vilified, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it;

1 Corinthians 9:6
Or are Barnabas and I the only apostles who must work for a living?

Philippians 4:15
And as you Philippians know, in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church but you partnered with me in the matter of giving and receiving.

Philippians 4:18
I have all I need and more, now that I have received your gifts from Epaphroditus. They are a sweet smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well-pleasing to God.
Treasury of Scripture

I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…

Philippians 4:14-16 Notwithstanding you have well done, that you did communicate with …

(8) I robbed other churches, taking wages of them.--The word for wages--strictly rations, or wages in kind, rather than in money--is found in Luke 3:14; Romans 6:23; 1Corinthians 9:7. Its use in the last-named passage had, perhaps, given occasion for a sneer. "He too can take wages when it suits his purpose." From St. Paul's point of view, if what he had received had been wages at all, he had been guilty of an act of spoliation. He had received wages from one employer while he was acting in the service of another.

Verse 8. - I robbed; literally, I ravaged, or plundered. The intensity of St. Paul's feelings, smarting under base calumny and ingratitude, reveals itself by the passionate expression which he here uses. Other Churches. The only Church of which we know as contributing to St. Paul's needs is that at Philippi (Philippians 4:15, 16). Taking wages. The expression is again impassioned. It is meant rather ironically than literally. Literally it means rations (1 Corinthians 9:7). I robbed other churches,.... Meaning the churches of Macedonia; not that what he had of them was by force and rapine, or by plundering of them, and spoiling of their substance, and living upon them against their wills, as soldiers use a conquered people, though the allusion is to such a custom; for what he had of theirs was freely communicated to him; as appears from the following verse: but because these churches from whom he received were poor, and the Corinthians whom he served were rich, he calls it a robbing of the former, though there was no injury in the case, for it was voluntary, because it was expended for the service of the latter:

taking wages of them to do you service; or "for your ministry"; either to supply their poor, or rather to support the ministry of the Gospel among them. The apostle continues the metaphor, taken from soldiers, to whom wages are due for their warfare; as are also to the ministers of the Gospel, the good soldiers of Jesus Christ; since no man goes a warfare at his own charges and expense but is for by those in whose service he is: and therefore, though the apostle did not think it advisable to ask for, and insist upon wages from them at that time, for his service among them, yet he took it of others in lieu of it; and this he mentions, partly to show that wages were due to him for his ministry, and partly to observe to them who they were beholden to for the support of the Gospel at first among them; as also to stir them up to be serviceable to other churches, as others had been to them. 8. I robbed—that is, took from them in order to spare you more than what was their fair share of contribution to my maintenance, for example, the Philippian Church (Php 4:15, 16).

wages—"subsidy."

to do you service—Greek, "with a view to ministration to you"; compare "supplied" (Greek, "in addition"), 2Co 11:9, implying, he brought with him from the Macedonians, supplies towards his maintenance at Corinth; and (2Co 11:9) when those resources failed ("when I wanted") he received a new supply, while there, from the same source.11:5-15 It is far better to be plain in speech, yet walking openly and consistently with the gospel, than to be admired by thousands, and be lifted up in pride, so as to disgrace the gospel by evil tempers and unholy lives. The apostle would not give room for any to accuse him of worldly designs in preaching the gospel, that others who opposed him at Corinth, might not in this respect gain advantage against him. Hypocrisy may be looked for, especially when we consider the great power which Satan, who rules in the hearts of the children of disobedience, has upon the minds of many. And as there are temptations to evil conduct, so there is equal danger on the other side. It serves Satan's purposes as well, to set up good works against the atonement of Christ, and salvation by faith and grace. But the end will discover those who are deceitful workers; their work will end in ruin. Satan will allow his ministers to preach either the law or the gospel separately; but the law as established by faith in Christ's righteousness and atonement, and the partaking of his Spirit, is the test of every false system.
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