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New Defender's Study Bible Notes

7:2 Receive us. Paul continues his personal appeal to the Corinthians after his parenthetical exhortation on separation from paganism (II Corinthians 6:14–7:1). Some expositors have assumed this digression was not part of the original epistle, but there is no external evidence for this assumption. All the manuscripts, as well as all comments by the early church fathers, accepted it just as is. Evidently the false apostles (II Corinthians 11:13) who were trying to discredit Paul with the church were also encouraging them to compromise with the pagan teachings from which they had turned when they accepted Christ, and Paul felt it necessary at this point to speak to that vital issue before concluding his personal appeal.

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