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Commentary on 2 Corinthians

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10.1–13.13 : Defense of apostolic authority.

12.14–13.10 : Paul prepares for a third visit.

14–18 :

Paul answers charges that he has been enriching himself through the collection (chs 8–9 ).

14 :

Third visit (also v. 21; 13.1 ), see 2.1n. for the “painful visit,” Paul's second to Corinth. I will not be a burden, see 11.9n. Parents, for Paul as father to his converts, see 11.2 .

16 :

(You say) … I took you in by deceit, some Corinthians evidently accused Paul of skimming the collection funds.

18 :

Titus was sent to oversee the collection in 8.6,16,23; see also 2.13n. It is uncertain whether the brother is to be identified with one of the “brothers” in 8.18,22–23; 9.5 . Paul mentions these people probably as witnesses; see 13.1 .

19–21 :

Paul warns the Corinthians to repent before his third visit.

19 :

Building you up, see 10.8; 13.10 .

20–21 :

Catalogue of vices, see Rom 1.29–31; 13.13; 1 Cor 5.10–11; 6.9–10; Gal 5.19–21 .

21 :

Ironic use of humble: Paul fears God might humiliate him before the Corinthians, only because he might mourn for their unrepented sins. See 14–19n 11.7n.

13.1–10 :

Previously mentioned themes are collected to issue a severe warning of harsh discipline.

1 :

Third visit, see 12.14n. “Any … witnesses,” Deut 19.15 .

3–4 :

Christ … is not weak… but powerful, the weakness powerful paradox summarized. See 10.1n.

10 :

Strong warning while away, so that Paul will not have toresort to severe discipline, is precisely what the opponents accused Paul of doing ( 10.10–11 ). Paul reminds the Corinthians that this is so for the purpose of building up, not tearing down; see 10.8; 12.19 .

13.11–13 : Final benediction.

12 :

Holy kiss, see Rom 16.16; 1 Cor 16.20; 1 Thess 5.26 .

13 :

A full triadic benediction found nowhere else in the Pauline letters.

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