2 Corinthians 11:11

11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

2 Corinthians 11:11 in Other Translations

11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
11 Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that I do.
11 It's not that I don't love you; God knows I do.
11 Why? Because I don't love you? God knows I do!

2 Corinthians 11:11 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 11:11

Wherefore? because I love you not?
&c.] Why did the apostle do this? why did he take nothing, and resolve to take nothing of the Corinthians, for preaching the Gospel to them? why did he determine, that no man should prevent his glorying of this, in all the country of Achaia? was it because he did not love the Corinthians? some might insinuate this was the reason of it, that he had no true affection for them, and therefore would take none of their gifts, but despised both them and theirs, and loved the Macedonian and other churches better than they. To which he answers by saying,

God knoweth;
which is another form of an oath, and is a solemn appeal to God, the searcher of hearts, who knows all things, that he knew he heartily loved them; that it was not want of love to them, which was the reason of his entering into such a resolution, never to take anything of them; but it was something else, quite another thing, which induced him to it, and is mentioned in the following verse.

2 Corinthians 11:11 In-Context

9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine.
11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.
13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 31; S Romans 1:9
  • 2. 2 Corinthians 12:15
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