2 Corinthians 11:7
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English Standard Version
Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge?

King James Bible
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

American Standard Version
Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or did I commit a fault, humbling myself, that you might be exalted? Because I preached unto you the gospel of God freely?

English Revised Version
Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought?

Webster's Bible Translation
Have I committed an offense in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God without reward?

Weymouth New Testament
Is it a sin that I abased myself in order for you to be exalted, in that I proclaimed God's Good News to you without fee or reward?

2 Corinthians 11:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Abasing myself

By working at his trade.

Preached the Gospel - freely (δωρεὰν)

Gratuitously. Rev., for nought, is not an improvement, but is quite as ambiguous as freely. Without charge would be better. Paul's very self-denial in this matter had been construed to his injury by his opponents, as indicating his want of confidence in the Corinthian Church, and his making gain for himself under the guise of disinterestedness. It was also urged that a real apostle would not thus relinquish his right to claim subsistence from the Church. Hence his question, Did I commit a sin, etc.?

2 Corinthians 11:7 Parallel Commentaries

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2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you...

2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein you were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you?...

Acts 18:1-3 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth...

Acts 20:34 Yes, you yourselves know, that these hands have ministered to my necessities, and to them that were with me.

1 Corinthians 4:10-12 We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised...

1 Corinthians 9:6,12,14-18 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working...

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...

2 Thessalonians 3:8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nothing; but worked with labor and travail night and day...

Cross References
Acts 18:3
and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.

Acts 20:33
I coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.

Romans 1:1
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

1 Corinthians 9:18
What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.

2 Corinthians 2:12
When I came to Troas to preach the gospel of Christ, even though a door was opened for me in the Lord,

2 Corinthians 10:16
so that we may preach the gospel in lands beyond you, without boasting of work already done in another's area of influence.

2 Corinthians 12:13
For in what were you less favored than the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not burden you? Forgive me this wrong!

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