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 2 Corinthians 11
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Paul Defends His Apostleship

1 I wish that you would bear R381 with me in a little foolishness; R382 but indeed F82 you are bearing with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed R383 you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present R384 you as a pure virgin. 3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent R385 deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if one F83 comes and preaches another R386 Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different R387 spirit which you have not received, or a different R388 gospel which you have not accepted, you bear R389 this beautifully. R390 5 For I consider myself not R391 in the least inferior to the most F84 eminent apostles. 6 But even if I am unskilled R392 in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; R393 in fact, in every way we have made R394 this evident to you in all things.

7 Or did R395 I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel R396 of God to you without R397 charge? 8 I robbed other churches by taking R398 wages from them to serve you; 9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not R399 a burden to anyone; for when the R400 brethren came from Macedonia R401 they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being R399 a burden to you, and F85 will continue to do so. 10 As R402 the truth of Christ is in me, this R403 boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. R404 11 Why? Because R405 I do not love you? God R406 knows I do!

12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so R407 that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded F86 just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting. 13 For such men are false R408 apostles, deceitful R409 workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan R410 disguises himself as an angel R411 of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose R412 end will be according to their deeds.

16 Again R413 I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little. 17 What I am saying, I am not saying as R414 F87 the Lord would, but as in R415 foolishness, in this confidence of boasting. 18 Since many R416 boast according R417 to the flesh, I will boast also. 19 For you, being R418 so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly. 20 For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves R419 you, anyone devours R420 you, anyone takes R421 advantage of you, anyone exalts R422 himself, anyone hits R423 you in the face. 21 To my shame R424 I must say that we have been weak R425 by comparison.

But in whatever respect anyone else is R426 bold--I speak R427 in foolishness--I am just as bold myself. 22 Are they Hebrews? R428 So R429 am I. Are they Israelites? R430 So R430 am I. Are they descendants R431 F88 of Abraham? So R432 am I. 23 Are they servants R433 of Christ?--I speak as if insane--I more so; in far R434 F89 more labors, in far R435 F89 more imprisonments, beaten R436 F90 times without number, often in danger R437 of death. 24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine R438 lashes. 25 Three times I was beaten R439 with rods, once I was stoned, R440 three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, R441 dangers from the Gentiles, R442 dangers in the city, R443 dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false R444 brethren; 27 I have been in labor R445 and hardship, through F91 many sleepless nights, in hunger R446 and thirst, often without R447 food, in cold and exposure. R448 F92 28 Apart from such external F93 things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all R449 the churches. 29 Who is weak R450 without my being weak? Who is led F94 into sin without F95 my intense concern?

30 If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness. R451 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He R452 who is blessed forever, knows R453 that I am not lying. 32 In Damascus R454 the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding R455 the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me, 33 and I was let down in a basket through R456 a window in F96 the wall, and so escaped his hands.

F82: Or do indeed bear with me
F83: Lit the one who comes preaches
F84: Or super-apostles
F85: Lit and I will keep
F86: Lit found
F87: Lit in accordance with the Lord
F88: Lit seed
F89: Lit more abundant
F89: Lit more abundant
F90: Lit exceedingly in stripes
F91: Lit often in wakefulness
F92: Lit nakedness; i.e. lack of clothing
F93: Or the things unmentioned
F94: Lit made to stumble
F95: Lit and I do not burn
F96: Lit through

R381: Matthew 17:17; 2 Corinthians 11:4,16,19f
R382: 2 Corinthians 5:13; 11:17,21
R383: Hosea 2:19f; Ephesians 5:26f
R384: 2 Corinthians 4:14
R385: Genesis 3:4,13; John 8:44; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; 1 Timothy 2:14; Revelation 12:9,15
R386: 1 Corinthians 3:11
R387: Romans 8:15
R388: Galatians 1:6
R389: 2 Corinthians 11:1
R390: Mark 7:9
R391: 2 Corinthians 12:11; Galatians 2:6
R392: 1 Corinthians 1:17
R393: 1 Corinthians 12:8; Ephesians 3:4
R394: 2 Corinthians 4:2
R395: 2 Corinthians 12:13
R396: Romans 1:1; 2 Corinthians 2:12
R397: Acts 18:3; 1 Corinthians 9:18
R398: 1 Corinthians 4:12; 9:6; Philippians 4:15,18
R399: 2 Corinthians 12:13f,16
R400: Acts 18:5
R401: Romans 15:26; Philippians 4:15-18
R399: 2 Corinthians 12:13f,16
R402: Romans 1:9; 9:1; 2 Corinthians 1:23; Galatians 2:20
R403: 1 Corinthians 9:15
R404: Acts 18:12
R405: 2 Corinthians 12:15
R406: Romans 1:9; 2 Corinthians 2:17; 11:31; 12:2f
R407: 1 Corinthians 9:12
R408: Acts 20:30; Galatians 1:7; 2:4; Philippians 1:15; Titus 1:10f; 2 Peter 2:1; Revelation 2:2
R409: Philippians 3:2
R410: Matthew 4:10; Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:13
R411: Colossians 1:12
R412: Romans 2:6; 3:8
R413: 2 Corinthians 11:1
R414: 1 Corinthians 7:12,25
R415: 2 Corinthians 11:21
R416: Philippians 3:3f
R417: 2 Corinthians 5:16
R418: 1 Corinthians 4:10
R419: 2 Corinthians 1:24; Galatians 2:4; 4:3,9; 5:1
R420: Mark 12:40
R421: 2 Corinthians 11:3; 12:16
R422: 2 Corinthians 10:5
R423: 1 Corinthians 4:11
R424: 2 Corinthians 6:8
R425: 2 Corinthians 10:10
R426: 2 Corinthians 10:2
R427: 2 Corinthians 11:17
R428: Acts 6:1
R429: Philippians 3:5
R430: Romans 9:4
R430: Romans 9:4
R431: Galatians 3:16
R432: Romans 11:1
R433: 1 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 10:7
R434: 1 Corinthians 15:10
R435: 2 Corinthians 6:5
R436: Acts 16:23; 2 Corinthians 6:5
R437: Romans 8:36
R438: Deuteronomy 25:3
R439: Acts 16:22
R440: Acts 14:19
R441: Acts 9:23; 13:45,50; 14:5; 17:5,13; 18:12; 20:3,19; 21:27; 23:10,12; 25:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:15
R442: Acts 14:5,19; 19:23ff; 27:42
R443: Acts 21:31
R444: Galatians 2:4
R445: 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8
R446: 1 Corinthians 4:11; Philippians 4:12
R447: 2 Corinthians 6:5
R448: 1 Corinthians 4:11
R449: 1 Corinthians 7:17
R450: 1 Corinthians 8:9,13; 9:22
R451: 1 Corinthians 2:3
R452: Romans 1:25
R453: 2 Corinthians 11:11
R454: Acts 9:2
R455: Acts 9:24
R456: Acts 9:25


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