2 Corinthians 12:16
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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!

New Living Translation
Some of you admit I was not a burden to you. But others still think I was sneaky and took advantage of you by trickery.

English Standard Version
But granting that I myself did not burden you, I was crafty, you say, and got the better of you by deceit.

Berean Study Bible
Be that as it may, I was not a burden to you; but crafty as I am, I caught you by trickery.

Berean Literal Bible
But be it so, I did not burden you; but being crafty, I caught you by trickery.

New American Standard Bible
But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit.

King James Bible
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now granted, I have not burdened you; yet sly as I am, I took you in by deceit!

International Standard Version
Granting that I have not been a burden to you, was I a clever schemer who trapped you by some trick?

NET Bible
But be that as it may, I have not burdened you. Yet because I was a crafty person, I took you in by deceit!

New Heart English Bible
But be it so, I did not myself burden you. But, being crafty, I caught you with deception.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And perhaps I was not a burden to you, but as a crafty man I robbed you by treachery.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You agree, then, that I haven't been a burden to you. Was I a clever person who trapped you by some trick?

New American Standard 1977
But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But be it so, I did not burden you; nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

King James 2000 Bible
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I took you with guile.

American King James Version
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

American Standard Version
But be it so, I did not myself burden you; but, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But be it so: I did not burthen you: but being crafty, I caught you by guile.

Darby Bible Translation
But be it so. I did not burden you, but being crafty I took you by guile.

English Revised Version
But be it so, I did not myself burden you; but, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

Webster's Bible Translation
But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

Weymouth New Testament
If I love you so intensely, am I the less to be loved? Be that as it may: I was not a burden to you. But being by no means scrupulous, I entrapped you, they say!

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;
Study Bible
Concern for the Corinthians
15And for the sake of your souls, I will most gladly spend my money and myself. If I love you more, will you love me less? 16Be that as it may, I was not a burden to you; but crafty as I am, I caught you by trickery. 17Did I overreach by anyone I sent you?…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 6:8
through glory and dishonor, slander and praise; viewed as imposters, yet genuine;

2 Corinthians 11:9
And 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.

2 Corinthians 11:20
In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or exalts himself or strikes you in the face.
Treasury of Scripture

But be it so, I did not burden you: nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile.

I did not.

2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein you were inferior to other churches, except …

2 Corinthians 11:9,10 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man…

being. That is, as my enemies represent.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Corinthians 4:2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in …

2 Corinthians 7:2 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we …

2 Corinthians 10:2,3 But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with …

1 Thessalonians 2:3,5 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile…

1 Peter 2:3 If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

(16) But be it so, I did not burden you.--The pronoun is again emphatic. The word for "burden" is not the same as in 2Corinthians 12:13-14, but puts the fact less figuratively. The abruptness of the sentence requires us to trace between the lines the under-currents of unexpressed thoughts. The extreme, almost jealous, sensitiveness of the Apostle's nature leads him to imagine the cynical sneer with which these assertions of disinterested work would be received. "Be it so," he hears them saying; "we admit that he, in his own person, when he was with us, made no demands on our purses; but what are we to think of this 'collection for the saints'? How do we know into whose pockets that money will go? We know him to be subtle enough" (the adjective is that from which we get the "subtlety" of 2Corinthians 4:2; 2Corinthians 11:3) "to take us in somehow: what if the collection be a trap?" There is a specially taunting force in the Greek for "being crafty," as taking the fact for granted, and assuming that it would inevitably lead on to some new development of that character in act.

Verse 16. - But be it so, I did not burden you. The "I" is emphatic. It is shocking to think that, even after Paul has so triumphantly cleared himself from the disgraceful charge of trying to make gain out of the Corinthians, he should still be obliged to meet the slanderous innuendo that, even if he had not personally tried to get anything out of them, still he had done so indirectly through the agency of Titus. Being crafty, I caught you with guile. He is here quoting the sneer of his enemies (see what he has already said in 2 Corinthians 1:12; 2 Corinthians 7:2). The word used for "being" means "being by my very nature." But be it so, I did not burden you,.... These words are not spoken by the apostle in his own person of himself, but in the person of his adversaries, and contain a concession and an objection of theirs, but be it so; they granted that he had not burdened the Corinthians, that he had took nothing of them himself for preaching the Gospel; they owned that he had preached it freely; this was so clear a point, and so flagrant a case, that they could not deny it; yet they insinuated to the Corinthians, and objected to the apostle, that though he did not receive anything from them with his own hands, yet he craftily and cunningly made use of others to drain their purses, and receive it for him; and which is suggested in the next clause:

nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you with guile; so say the false apostles of me; for these are not the words of the apostle in his own person; nor to be understood of any spiritual craft, or lawful cunning and prudent artifices used by him, to allure and draw the Corinthians into a good liking and opinion of the Gospel and of his ministry, and so caught them, and was the happy means of their conversion; but they are spoken in the person of the false apostles, charging him with a wicked and criminal craftiness, by making use of other persons in a sly underhanded way, to get this church's money, when he pretended to preach the Gospel freely; to which he answers in the next verse. 16. I did not burden you—The "I" in the Greek is emphatic. A possible insinuation of the Corinthians is hereby anticipated and refuted: "But, you may say, granted that I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you (in my net) with guile"; namely, made a gain of you by means of others (1Th 2:3).12:11-21 We owe it to good men, to stand up in the defence of their reputation; and we are under special obligations to those from whom we have received benefit, especially spiritual benefit, to own them as instruments in God's hand of good to us. Here is an account of the apostle's behaviour and kind intentions; in which see the character of a faithful minister of the gospel. This was his great aim and design, to do good. Here are noticed several sins commonly found among professors of religion. Falls and misdeeds are humbling to a minister; and God sometimes takes this way to humble those who might be tempted to be lifted up. These vast verses show to what excesses the false teachers had drawn aside their deluded followers. How grievous it is that such evils should be found among professors of the gospel! Yet thus it is, and has been too often, and it was so even in the days of the apostles.
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