New American Standard Bible
so as to preach the gospel even to the regions beyond you, and not to boast in what has been accomplished in the sphere of another.
King James Bible
To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.
Darby Bible Translation
to announce the glad tidings to that which is beyond you, not to be boasting in another's rule of things made ready to hand.
World English Bible
so as to preach the Good News even to the parts beyond you, not to boast in what someone else has already done.
Young's Literal Translation
in the places beyond you to proclaim good news, not in another's line in regard to the things made ready, to boast;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you - What regions are referred to here can be only a matter of conjecture. It may be that he wished to preach in other parts of Greece, and that he designed to go to Arcadia or Lacedaemon. Rosenmuller supposes that as the Corinthians were engaged in commerce, the apostle hoped that by them some tidings of the gospel would reach the countries with which they were engaged in traffic. But I think it most probable that he alludes to Italy and Spain. It is certain that he had formed the design of visiting Spain Romans 15:24, Romans 15:28; and he doubtless wished the Corinthians to aid him in that purpose, and was anxious to do this as soon as the condition of the eastern churches would allow it.
And not to boast in another man's line of things ... - Margin, "Rule," the same word (κανὼν kanōn) which occurs in 2 Corinthians 10:13. The meaning is, that Paul did not mean to boast of what properly belonged to others. He did not claim what they had done as his own. He did not intend to labor within what was properly their bounds, and then to claim the field and the result of the labor as his. He probably means here to intimate that this had been done by the false teachers of Corinth; but so far was he from designing to do this, that he meant soon to leave Corinth, which was properly within his limits, and the church which he had founded there, to go and preach the gospel to other regions. Whether Paul ever went to Spain has been a question (see the note on Romans 15:24); but it is certain that he went to Rome, and that he preached the gospel in many other places after this besides Corinth.
LibraryExcursus on the Use of the Word "Canon. "
(Bright: Notes on the Canons, pp. 2 and 3.) Kanon, as an ecclesiastical term, has a very interesting history. See Westcott's account of it, On the New Testament Canon, p. 498 ff. The original sense, "a straight rod" or "line," determines all its religious applications, which begin with St. Paul's use of it for a prescribed sphere of apostolic work (2 Cor. x. 13, 15), or a regulative principle of Christian life (Gal. vi. 16). It represents the element of definiteness in Christianity and in the …
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Now after these things were finished, Paul purposed in the spirit to go to Jerusalem after he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, saying, "After I have been there, I must also see Rome."
And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man's foundation;
2 Corinthians 11:7
Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?
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