Did I commit a sin? (2 Cor. 11:7)

“Did I commit a sin

By humbling myself,

So that you might be exalted,

Because I preached

God’s good news gospel

To you

Free of charge?”

Ἢ ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησα ἐμαυτὸν ταπεινῶν ἵνα ὑμεῖς ὑψωθῆτε, ὅτι δωρεὰν τὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ εὐαγγέλιον εὐηγγελισάμην ὑμῖν;

Paul said, “Did I commit a sin (Ἢ ἁμαρτίαν ἐποίησα) by humbling myself (ἐμαυτὸν ταπεινῶν), so that you might be exalted (ἵνα ὑμεῖς ὑψωθῆτε), because I preached God’s good news gospel (τὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ εὐαγγέλιον εὐηγγελισάμην) to you (ὑμῖν) free of charge (ὅτι δωρεὰν)?”  Paul then asked another sarcastic question.  Did he commit a sin?  He had humbled himself so that the Corinthians might be exalted.  He had preached the good news gospel about Jesus Christ to these Corinthians for free.  He had not charged them anything.  Apparently, these super-apostles were charging the Corinthians for their preaching.  Do you think that Christian ministers should receive a speaking fee?

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