New American Standard Bible
Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I?
King James Bible
Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you?
Darby Bible Translation
Did I make gain of you by any of those whom I have sent to you?
World English Bible
Did I take advantage of you by anyone of them whom I have sent to you?
Young's Literal Translation
any one of those whom I have sent unto you -- by him did I take advantage of you?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Did I make a gain ... - In refuting this slander, Paul appeals boldly to the facts, and to what they knew. "Same the man," says he, "who has thus defrauded you under my instructions. If the charge is well-founded, let him be specified, and let the mode in which it was done be distinctly stated." The phrase "make a gain" (from πλεονεκτέω pleonekteō), means properly to have an advantage; then to take advantage, to seek unlawful gain. Here Paul asks whether he had defrauded them by means of anyone whom he had sent to them.
I. Perhaps I can expound the text best if I first TURN IT THE OTHER WAY UP, and use it as a warning. When I am strong, then am I weak. Perhaps, while thinking of the text thus turned inside out, we shall be getting light upon it to be used when we view it with the right side outwards, and see that when we are weak, then we are strong. I am quite sure that some people think themselves very strong, and are not so. Their proud consciousness of fancied strength is the indication of a terrible weakness. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 34: 1888
Introductory Note to Chapter iii. By the Editor
The Blessings of Noah Upon Shem and Japheth. (Gen. Ix. 18-27. )
Christ Our Life.
and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse--
2 Corinthians 9:5
So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness.
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