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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
2 Corinthians 11



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Verse 1

Would to God. See 1 Corinthians 4:8.

bear with. Gr anechomai. See Luke 9:41.

folly. Greek. aphroaunt. Only here, verses: 2 Corinthians 11:17, 2 Corinthians 11:21, and Mark 7:22. Compare 22Colossians 11:16.

bear = ye do bear.

Verse 2

jealous. Gr. zeloo See Acts 7:9,

godly = of God. App-98. It means a great jealousy. Compare Acts 7:20.

jealousy. Greek. zelos. See Acts 5:17,

have. Omit.

espoused. Greek. harmoza. Only here.

husband. Greek aner. App-123.

chaste. Greek. hagnos. See 2 Corinthians 7:11.

Christ. App-98.

Verse 3

lest by any means. Greek. me pos.

beguiled = deceived. Greek. exapatao. See Romans 7:11.

through = in. Greek. en. App-104.

subtilty = craftiness. Greek. panourgia. See Luke 20:23

minds. Greek. noema. See 2 Corinthians 2:11; 2 Corinthians 3:14.

corrupted. Greek. phtheiro. See 1 Corinthians 3:17.

from. Greek. apo. App-104

simplicity. Greek. haptotes. See 2 Corinthians 1:12,

in = towards. Greek. eis. App-104.

Verse 4

if. App-118.

preacheth. On. kerusso. App-121.

another. Greek. allos. App-124.

Jesus. App-98.

not. Greek. ou. App-106.

another. Greek hetaros. App-124.

spirit. App-101., Compare verses: 2 Corinthians 11:13-15,

another. Greek. heteros as above. Compare Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:6, Galatians 1:7.

gospel. Compare App-140.

ye might, &c. The meaning is, if the false teacher professed to bring a fresh gospel, might be some excuse for their hearing what he had to say, that it is the same as Paul"s message.

Verse 5

suppose = reckon.

was . . . behind. Greek. hustero, See. Cor. 2 Corinthians 1:7.

not a whit = in nothing. Greek. medeis. Whit is the O. E, wiht (wight), a person or thing.

very chiefest. Greek. huper (App-104) lian (exceeding). Farrar translated "extra-super

apostles. App-189. This is said ironically of the claims of those who decried him.

Verse 6

though = even if. App-118.

rude. Greek. idiotes. See Acts 4:13.

speech. Greek. logos. App-121.

knowledge. Greek. gnosis. App-132.

throughly = in (Greek. en) every way.

made manifest. Greek. phaneroo. App-106.

among. Greek. eis. App-104.

in. Greek. en. App-104,

Verse 7

offence = sin. Greek. harnartia. App-128.

abasing. Greek. tapeinoo, Compare tapeinosis, Acts 8:33.

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

exalted. Greek. hubsoo. See John 12:32,

have. Omit.

preached. Greek. euangelizo. App-121.

God. App-98.

freely. Greek dorean.

As a free gift. See Romans 3:24.

Verse 8

robbed. Greek. sulao. Only here. Compare Acts 19:37.

other. Greek. allos, as in 2 Corinthians 11:4. Compare 2 Corinthians 11:9.

churches. App-186.

wages. Greek. opsonion. See Romans 6:23.

to do you service. Lit, for (Greek. pros. App-104.) the service (Greek. diakonia. App-190.) of you.

Verse 9

with. Greek. pros, as above.

wanted = was in need, Greek. hustereo, as in 2 Corinthians 11:5.

was chargeable = distressed. Greek. katanarkao. Only here and 2 Corinthians 12:13, 2 Corinthians 12:14.

no man. A double negative here. Greek. ou oudeis.

that which was lacking to me = my need. Greek. husterema. See 1 Corinthians 16:17.

which = when they.

Macedonia. See Acts 18:5.

supplied. Greek. prosanapleroo. See 2 Corinthians 9:12. Compare Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:15, Philippians 1:16.

from being, &c. Literally unburdensome. Greek. abares. Only here.

unto = to.

Verse 10

no man, &c. Literally this glorying shall not (Greek. ou) be stopped (Greek. phrasso. See Romans 3:19) to (Greek. eis) me.

boasting. Greek. kauchesis. See Romans 3:27,

regions. Greek. klima, See Romans 15:23.

Verse 11

love. Greek. agapao. App-132.

knoweth. Greek. oida. App-132.

Verse 12

occasion. Greek. aphorme. See Romans 7:8.

desire. Greek thelo. App-102.

wherein = in (Greek. en) what.

glory. Greek kauchaomai. See Romans 2:17.

Verse 13

false apostles. Greek. pseudapostotos. Only here. Compare 2 Corinthians 11:26 and 2 Peter 2:1,

deceitful. Greek. dolios. Only here. The verb in Romans 3:13.

transforming themselves. Greek. metaschematizo. See 1 Corinthians 4:6.

into. Greek. eis. App-104.

the. Omit

Verse 14

no. Greek. no, as 2 Corinthians 11:4.

light. Greek. phos. App-130. See 2 Corinthians 2:11. Revelation 2:24.

Verse 15

ministers. Greek. diakonos. App-190.

righteousness. Greek. dikaiosune. App-191.

according to. Greek. kata, App-104.

Verse 16

no. Greek. me. App-105.

man = one. Greek. tin. App-123.

fool, Greek. aphron. See Luke 11:40. The fifth, sixth, and seventh one. in this verse and 2 Corinthians 11:19. Compare aphrosune, 2 Corinthians 11:12.

otherwise = not. Greek. me, as above.

boast = glory, as in 2 Corinthians 11:12.

Verse 17

speak. Greek. laleo. App-121.

after = according to. Greek. kata, as in 2 Corinthians 11:15.

Lord. App-98.

foolishly = in (Greek. en) folly (2 Corinthians 11:1).

confidence. See 2 Corinthians 9:4. Compare Philippians 1:3, Philippians 1:4-6.

Verse 18

Seeing that = Since.

I, &c. Read I also, U.

Verse 19

suffer. Same as "bear with", 2 Corinthians 11:1.

gladly. Greek. hedeos. Only here, 2 Corinthians 12:9, 2 Corinthians 12:15. Mark 8:12, Mark 8:37,

seeing, &c. Literally being wise.

Verse 20

bring. into bondage = enslave. Greek. katadouloo. Only here and Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:4. Compare App-190.

devour. Greek. katesthio. Elsewhere, Matthew 23:14. Mark 12:40. Luke 20:47, Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:15. Revelation 11:5.

exalt. Greek epoira. See Acts 1:9.

on = upon. Greek. eis. App-104.

Verse 21

as concerning = according to, or by way of. Greek. kata, as in verses: 2 Corinthians 11:15, 2 Corinthians 11:17.

reproach = shame. Greek. atimia. See Romans 1:26.

though = that.

weak. Supply the Ellipsis with "as they say",

whereinsoever = in (Greek. en) whatever.

any. Greek. tis, as in 2 Corinthians 11:16.

is bold, am bold = dares, dare. See 2 Corinthians 10:2.

Verse 22

Are they Hebrews? &c. These questions are an example of the Figure of speech Epiphoza. App-6.

Verse 23

as a fool = being beside myself. Greek. paraphroneo. Compare 2 Peter 2:15 (madness).

more. Greek. huper (App-104., here used adverbially). The Ellipsis of any object adds emphasis.

labours. Greek kopos. See 2 Corinthians 11:27.

more abundant. See 2 Corinthians 1:12.

above measure. Greek huperballontos. Only here. Compare 2 Corinthians 3:10 (excel). See Acts 16:23.

more frequent. Same as "more abundant", above.

Verse 24

Of = By. Greek. hupo. App-104.

forty. See Deuteronomy 25:3.

save = beside. Greek para. App-104.

Verse 25

beaten, he. Greek. rhabdizo. See Acts 16:22.

stoned. At Lystra, Acts 14:19.

suffered shipwreck = was shipwrecked. Greek. nauageo. Only here and 1 Timothy 1:19.

a night and a day. Greek nuchthemeron. Only here.

been. Literally made, i.e. spent.

deep. Greek. buthos. Only here. Before this was written Paul made at least seven voyages. Acts 13:4, Acts 13:13; Acts 14:26; Acts 16:11; Acts 18:18, Acts 18:19, Acts 18:21; Acts 2:12, Acts 2:13; and possibly many more.

Verse 26

journey = inv. Greek. hodoiporia. Only here and John 4:6. Compare Acts 10:9.

perils. Greek. kindunos. Only in this verse and Item. 2 Corinthians 8:35,

robbers = bandits. Greek. lestes. See John 18:40.

by = from. Greek. ek. App-104.

countrymen = nation. Greek. genos. See Mark 7:26. Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:14.

heathen. Greek. ethnos Genitive translation "nation", or" Gentile"; "heathen "here, Acts 4:25. Galatians 1:1, Galatians 1:16; Galatians 2:9; Galatians 3:8. "

among. Greek. en. App-104.

false brethren. Greek. pseudadelphos. Only here and Galatians 2:4, compare 2 Corinthians 11:13. Only a few of these dangers and sufferings are described in Paul"s history as recorded in Acts.

Verse 27

weariness. Same as "labours", 2 Corinthians 11:23.

painfulness. Greek. mochthos. Only here, 1 Thessalonians 2:9. 2 Thessalonians 3:8.

watehings. Greek. agrupnia. See 2 Corinthians 6:5.

thirst. Greek. dipsos. Only here.

cold. Greek. psuchos. See Acts 28:2.

nakedness. Greek. gumnotes. See Romans 8:35, and compare 1 Corinthians 4:11.

Verse 28

Beside = Apart from.

those . . . are = the things.

without. Greek parektos. Compare Acts 26:29.

that which . . . me. Literally my crowd. Greek. epieustasis. Only here and Acts 24:12.

daily. Greek. kath (App-104.) hemeran. The daily crowd of matters demanding his attention. Besides the letters which have come down to us, he must have written many others in answer to those from his convents. See, Cor. 2 Corinthians 5:9; 2 Corinthians 7:1.

Verse 29

offended. Greek. skandalizo. See 1 Corinthians 8:13.

burn. Greek. puroomai. See 1 Corinthians 7:9. Here it means, with zeal or indignation.

Verse 30

which concern = of.

Verse 31

Father. App-98.

Lord. App-98.

Jesus Christ. App-98. but the texts omit "Christ".

blessed. Greek. eulogetos. See 2 Corinthians 1:3.

for evermore. App-161.

Verse 32

governor. Greek. ethnarches. Only here. It means a prefect.

Aretas. The father-in-law of Herod Antipas. App-109,

kept . . . with a garrison = guarded. Greek. phroureo. Only here, Galatians 1:3, Galatians 1:23. Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:7. 1 Peter 1:5.

desirous = wishing. Greek. thelo. App-102, but the texts omit.

apprehend. Greek. piazo. See John 11:57. No doubt to please the Jews in Damascus. Compare Acts 12:3; Acts 24:27; Acts 20:9.

Verse 33

through. Greek. dia. App-104. 2 Corinthians 11:1.

window. Greek. thuris. See Acts 20:9.

basket. Greek. sargane. Only here. In Acts 9:25 the word is spuris.

let down. Greek. chalao. See Luke 5:4,

by. Greek. dia, as above.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 11:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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