12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more?

Nevertheless, (A)we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything (B)rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

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Paul's Joy

(A)Make room in your hearts[a] for us. (B)We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 7:2 Greek lacks in your hearts

And when I was with you and was (A)in need, (B)I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia (C)supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain (D)from burdening you in any way.

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17 Did I take advantage of you (A)through any of those whom I sent to you?

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Here I am; testify against me before the Lord and before (A)his anointed. (B)Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me[a] and I will restore it to you.”

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 12:3 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks Testify against me

(A)Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers,[a] cast out demons. (B)You received without paying; give without pay.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 10:8 Leprosy was a term for several skin diseases; see Leviticus 13

(A)For we never came with words of flattery,[a] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—(B)God is witness.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Or with a flattering speech

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