I robbed other churches (2 Cor. 11:8)

“I robbed

Other churches

By accepting support

From them

In order to serve you.”

ἄλλας ἐκκλησίας ἐσύλησα λαβὼν ὀψώνιον πρὸς τὴν ὑμῶν διακονίαν,

Paul said, “I robbed (ἐσύλησα) other churches (ἄλλας ἐκκλησίας) by accepting support (λαβὼν ὀψώνιον) from them in order to serve you (πρὸς τὴν ὑμῶν διακονίαν).”  Only this Corinthian letter used this word ἐσύλησα, that means to plunder or rob.  Paul continued with his sarcastic tone.  He indicated that he had robbed other churches by accepting their support in order to serve them, the Corinthians.  Paul seemed to think that these Corinthians did not like the idea that other Christian communities were supporting him so that he could do missionary work in Corinth since that community could not or would not support him.  Who should support a Christian minister?

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