2 Corinthians 11:12

But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them who desire occasion; that when they glory, they may be found even as we.
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Cornelius a Lapide

AD 1637
Which desire occasion. Of finding fault with me for not bringing anything peculiar to myself more than others. That wherein they glory they may be found even as we. They boast that in their preaching they are equal to me, when they are inferior; for I preach freely, they for the sake of gain. Cf, ver21 (Anselm, Chrysostom, Theophylact).

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
St. Paul declares that he will continue to receive nothing for his preaching and his labours, that the false apostles may not glory in their disinterestedness; or rather, that he will not, by receiving any thing, authorize by his example, these new teachers, who only seek their own ease, to live on the Church, and to receive their support from it. (St. Augustine and Estius)

John Chrysostom

AD 407
For since this they sought earnestly, to find some handle against him, it is necessary to remove this also. For this is the one point on which they pique themselves. Therefore that they might not have any advantage whatever, it was necessary to set this right; for in other things they were inferior. For, as I have said, nothing does so edify worldly people as the receiving nothing from them. Therefore the devil in his craftiness dropped this bait especially, when desirous to injure them in other respects. But it appears to me that this even was in hypocrisy. And therefore he did not say, 'wherein they have well done,' but what? wherein they glory; which also was as jeering at their glorying; for they gloried also of that which they were not. But the man of noble spirit not only ought not to boast of what he has not, but not even of what he possesses; as this blessed saint was wont to do, as the patriarch Abraham did, saying, But I am earth and ashes. Genesis 18:27 For since he had no s...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
This was the point on which the false apostles evidently felt they could attack Paul, and so he had to refute them at such great length.

Methodius of Olympus

AD 311
For those who are the better, and who embrace the truth more clearly, being delivered from the evils of the flesh, become, on account of their perfect purification and faith, a church and help-meet of Christ, betrothed and given in marriage to Him as a virgin, according to the apostle,

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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