Paul tells the truth (2 Cor. 11:10)

“As the truth of Christ

Is in me,

This boast of mine

Will not be silenced

In the regions of Achaia.”

ἔστιν ἀλήθεια Χριστοῦ ἐν ἐμοὶ, ὅτι ἡ καύχησις αὕτη οὐ φραγήσεται εἰς ἐμὲ ἐν τοῖς κλίμασιν τῆς Ἀχαΐας.

Paul said, “As the truth of Christ is (ἔστιν ἀλήθεια Χριστοῦ) in me (ἐν ἐμοὶ), this boast of mine (ὅτι ἡ καύχησις αὕτη) will not be silenced (οὐ φραγήσεται εἰς ἐμὲ) in the regions of Achaia (ἐν τοῖς κλίμασιν τῆς Ἀχαΐας).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word καύχησις that means boasting, glorying, or exultation, and the word φραγήσεται that means to fence in, to stop, or obstruct.  Paul was telling the truth.  This was a two-edged sword.  By not accepting help from the Corinthians in Achaia, he seemed to be indicating that the Macedonians were more important since they had supplied his needs.  Everyone in Achaia would know if the Corinthians were helping him.  Thus, Paul seemed to be favoring the Macedonians over the Corinthians because they were able to help him, but he did not want to bother the Corinthians.  Was this a little put down?  Have you ever put people down without realizing it?

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