2 Corinthians 11:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 11:11, NIV: Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

2 Corinthians 11:11, ESV: And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

2 Corinthians 11:11, KJV: Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

2 Corinthians 11:11, NASB: Why? Because I do not love you? God knows that I do!

2 Corinthians 11:11, NLT: Why? Because I don't love you? God knows that I do.

2 Corinthians 11:11, CSB: Why? Because I don't love you? God knows I do!

What does 2 Corinthians 11:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In affluent cultures, it's common for two people to argue over who will pay the bill for dinner. Often, this is about pride. Both may want to pay to show they are successful, or simply to win a social competition. One may feel that a refusal to let the other pay is an unloving act, instead of a generous gift of kindness. Of course, offering to buy a meal for someone else can be done with pure intentions, so not all such cases are instances of pride.

This verse implies the Corinthians may have felt hurt by Paul's refusal to take any money from them to support his ministry to their city. Paul asks them if he would do such a thing—rejecting their offers to help him—because he does not love them. He declares that God knows he loves them. In the following verse, he shows that his main motive is to put the lie to the false teachers who claimed to work on the same terms as Paul and his associates. Since the false teachers gladly take money from the Corinthians, they clearly do not work for the same reasons Paul and his partners do.