2 Corinthians 11


Paul's Motives Defended

I would you endure me a little folly; or even endure me. For I am zealous for you with zeal of God. For I suited you to one husband [2virgin 1as a pure] to present to the Christ. But I fear, perhaps as the serpent cheated Eve in his cleverness, so [2should be corrupted 1your thoughts] from the simplicity, of the one in the Christ. For if indeed the one coming [2another 3Jesus 1to proclaim] whom we did not proclaim; or [3spirit 2another 1you received] which you did not receive from us; or [2good news 1another] which you did not receive -- well you withhold from it. For I consider in nothing to be lacking of the more exceeding apostles. And if even I be a common person in the communication, but I am not in the knowledge; but I am in every way making manifest in all things to you. Or [2sin 1did I commit], [2myself 1humbling], that you should be exalted? that without charge [2the 3good news of God 1I announced good news] to you. Other assemblies I robbed, taking a ration for your service; and being at hand with you, and being lacking, I was not lax of anyone. For my deficiency [3filled up in addition 1the 2brethren], having come from Macedonia; and in everything [3easy 4to you 2myself 1I kept], and I will keep it so. 10 It is the truth of Christ in me, that this boasting shall not be shut up in me in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? because I do not love you? God knows. 12 But what I do, also I shall do, that I should cut off the opportunity of the ones wanting an opportunity, that in what they boast, they should be found as also we. 13  For such ones are false apostles, [2workers 1deceitful], changing appearance into apostles of Christ. 14 For it is not surprising [3himself 1for 2Satan] to change appearance into an angel of light. 15 It is not a great thing then if even his servants change appearance as servants of righteousness; whom the end will be according to their works. 16 Again I say, no one should assume me to be a fool; but if not indeed, if as a fool receive me! that some a little I also should boast. 17 What I speak, I do not speak according to the Lord, but as in folly, in this essence of boasting. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, also I shall boast. 19 For with pleasure you endure fools, being practical. 20 For you endure if anyone reduce you to slavery, if anyone devours, if anyone takes, if anyone lifts up himself, if anyone [2you 3in 4the face 1flays]. 21 According to dishonor I speak, as that we were weak. [2in 3which 4ever 1But] anyone should be daring, (in folly I speak) [2am daring 1I also]. 22 They are Hebrews, I also. They are Israelites, I also. [2seed 3of Abraham 1They are], I also. 23 [2servants 3of Christ 1They are], (ranting I speak), above measure, I also in toils -- more exceedingly; in beatings -- above measure; in imprisonments -- more exceedingly; in deaths -- often. 24 By the Jews five times [2forty strokes 3save 4one 1I received]. 25 Three times I was beaten with a rod; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; night and day in the deep I have spent; 26 in journeys often; in dangers of rivers; in dangers of robbers; in dangers from my race; in dangers from nations; in dangers in the city; in dangers in desolate places; in dangers in the sea; in dangers among false brethren; 27 in toil and trouble; in sleeplessnesses often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in chilliness and nakedness. 28 Separate from the things outwardly, there is the conspiring against me in the daily anxiety concerning all the assemblies. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is stumbled, and I am not on fire? 30 If [2boast 1I must], [2in the things 3of my weakness 1I will boast]. 31 The God and father of the Lord Jesus Christ knows, the one being blessed into the eons, that I do not lie. 32 In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, [2to lay hold 3of me 1wanting]; 33 and through a window in a cord basket I was let down through the wall, and I fled from his hands.
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