I do not want this right (1 Cor. 9:15)

“But I have made no use

Of any of these rights.

I am not writing this

So as to secure

Any such provision

For myself.

I would rather die

Than have anyone

Deprive me

Of my ground

For boasting.”

ἐγὼ δὲ οὐ κέχρημαι οὐδενὶ τούτων. οὐκ ἔγραψα δὲ ταῦτα ἵνα οὕτως γένηται ἐν ἐμοί· καλὸν γάρ μοι μᾶλλον ἀποθανεῖν ἢ —τὸ καύχημά μου οὐδεὶς κενώσει.

Paul said that he made no use of any of these rights (ἐγὼ δὲ οὐ κέχρημαι οὐδενὶ τούτων) of an apostle.  He was not writing this (οὐκ ἔγραψα δὲ ταῦτα) so as to secure any such provision for himself (ἵνα οὕτως γένηται ἐν ἐμοί).  He would rather die (καλὸν γάρ μοι μᾶλλον ἀποθανεῖν ἢ) than have anyone deprive him of his ground for boasting (τὸ καύχημά μου οὐδεὶς κενώσει). Only the Pauline letters used this word καύχημά, that means to boast, boasting, or a ground for boasting, and the word κενώσει, that means to empty, deprive myself, or make unreal.  Paul wanted the Corinthians to understand that he did not want to use any of the rights of an apostle.  He did not want anything for himself.  He would rather die than have anyone deprive him of his boasting about them.  Paul was talking about the Christian apostles and ministers in general, not about himself.  Should Christian ministers forgo some of their rights?

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