William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 11:16 - 11:16

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William Burkitt Notes and Observations - 2 Corinthians 11:16 - 11:16

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Here our apostle returns again to his own just and necessary vindication of himself; he acknowledges it unbecoming and unseemly in itself to boast much: and that boasting is the usual mark of a fool; but it is no folly when the interest of God and souls require it: It was only seemingly, and not really, his folly; though it had the appearance of folly, in ostentation; yet with respect to the scope, the aim, and end, and design of it, it was needful and necessary,

But yet he tells them, that what he had before spoke, and was now farther about to speak, he spake not after the Lord: that is, as if the Lord commanded any such boasting and glorying in ourselves, as for ourselves. He did not pretend to have any special command from God, to enlarge so copiously in his own commendation: for the Spirit of God no where advises us to commend ourselves, or to glory either in the sufferings we have undergone, or the services we have done: Yet what the apostle here said and did, though not after the Lord, yet was it not contrary to the Lord, or to the direction of his word, which no-where commands us to conceal what grace God has wrought in us, or the good done by us, upon a fitting occasion, and with a sincere design, that he, and not ourselves, may have the praise and glory of it.