I was never a burden to you (2 Cor. 11:9)

“When I was with you

And was in need,

I did not burden anyone.

My needs were supplied

By the believing brothers

Who came from Macedonia.


I refrained

And will continue to refrain

From burdening you

In any way.”

καὶ παρὼν πρὸς ὑμᾶς καὶ ὑστερηθεὶς οὐ κατενάρκησα οὐθενός· τὸ γὰρ ὑστέρημά μου προσανεπλήρωσαν οἱ ἀδελφοὶ ἐλθόντες ἀπὸ Μακεδονίας· καὶ ἐν παντὶ ἀβαρῆ ἐμαυτὸν ὑμῖν ἐτήρησα καὶ τηρήσω.

Paul said, “When I was with you (καὶ παρὼν πρὸς ὑμᾶς) and was in need (καὶ ὑστερηθεὶς), I did not burden anyone (οὐ κατενάρκησα οὐθενός·).  My needs (γὰρ ὑστέρημά μου) were supplied (προσανεπλήρωσαν) by the believing brothers who came from Macedonia (οἱ ἀδελφοὶ ἐλθόντες ἀπὸ Μακεδονίας).  Thus, I refrained (ἐτήρησα) and will continue to refrain (καὶ τηρήσω) from burdening (ἀβαρῆ) you (ἐμαυτὸν ὑμῖν) in any way (καὶ ἐν παντὶ).”  Only this Corinthian letter used this word κατενάρκησα, that means to grow numb, burden, or encumber, and the word προσανεπλήρωσαν that means to fill up by adding to or supplied, and the word ἀβαρῆ, that means not burdensome.  Paul explained that when he was in Corinth, he needed things but he did not burden any of the Corinthians.  Instead, some of his believing brothers from Macedonia, maybe Philippi, supplied him with what he needed.  Thus, Paul did not and would continue to not burden the Corinthians in any way.  Paul was clear.  He asked nothing from the Corinthians even when he needed something.  The Macedonians from the north helped him out.  Who has helped you when you were in need?

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