I will deny them any opportunity (2 Cor. 11:12)

“What I do,

I will continue to do,

In order to deny

An opportunity

To those who want an opportunity

To be recognized

As our equals,

In what they boast about.”

Ὃ δὲ ποιῶ, καὶ ποιήσω, ἵνα ἐκκόψω τὴν ἀφορμὴν τῶν θελόντων ἀφορμήν, ἵνα ἐν ᾧ καυχῶνται εὑρεθῶσιν καθὼς καὶ ἡμεῖς.

Paul said, “What I do (Ὃ δὲ ποιῶ), I will continue to do (καὶ ποιήσω), in order to deny (ἵνα ἐκκόψω) an opportunity (τὴν ἀφορμὴν) to those who want (τῶν θελόντων) an opportunity (ἀφορμὴν) to be recognized as our equals (εὑρεθῶσιν καθὼς καὶ ἡμεῖς), in what they boast about (ἵνα ἐν ᾧ καυχῶνται).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀφορμὴν, that means a starting point, an occasion, or opportunity, and the word καυχῶνται, that means to boast, to glory, to be proud.  Paul was not going to give any opportunity to those who opposed him.  He was not going to recognize them as his equal, when they boasted about their Christian exploits.  Paul was going to continue to do what he had always done.  He was not going to change his plans or way of doing things in the face of some opposition.  Do you continue your work despite some opposition to what you are doing?

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