Letters of recommendation (2 Cor. 3:1)

“Are we beginning again

To commend ourselves?

We do not need to,

As some do.

Do we need

Letters of recommendation

To you

Or from you?

Ἀρχόμεθα πάλιν ἑαυτοὺς συνιστάνειν; ἢ μὴ χρῄζομεν ὥς τινες συστατικῶν ἐπιστολῶν πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἢ ἐξ ὑμῶν;

Paul asked are we beginning again (Ἀρχόμεθα πάλιν) to commend ourselves (ἑαυτοὺς συνιστάνειν)?  He responded that we do not need to (ἢ μὴ χρῄζομεν), as some do (ὥς τινες).  Do we need letters of recommendation or introduction (συστατικῶν ἐπιστολῶν) to you (πρὸς ὑμᾶς) or from you (ἢ ἐξ ὑμῶν)?  Only this Corinthian letter used this word συστατικῶν, that means constructive, commendatory, or introductory.  Paul took aim that those missionaries against Paul were using false testimonials or resumes for themselves, so that they were pretending to be Christian apostles.  Paul made his point by asking questions.  Paul indicated that he did not need any commendation or introduction letters for the Corinthians or from the Corinthians.  They knew who he was and he knew who they were.  Have you ever written a letter of recommendation?

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