2 Corinthians 11


Paul's Motives Defended

1I would you endure me a little folly; or even endure me. 2For 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. 3But 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. 4For 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. 5For I consider in nothing to be lacking of the more exceeding apostles. 6And 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. 7Or [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. 8Other assemblies I robbed, taking a ration for your service; 9and 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. 10It is the truth of Christ in me, that this boasting shall not be shut up in me in the regions of Achaia. 11Why? because I do not love you? God knows. 12But 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. 14For it is not surprising [3himself 1for 2Satan] to change appearance into an angel of light. 15It 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. 16Again 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. 17What I speak, I do not speak according to the Lord, but as in folly, in this essence of boasting. 18Since many boast according to the flesh, also I shall boast. 19For with pleasure you endure fools, being practical. 20For 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]. 21According 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]. 22They 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. 24By the Jews five times [2forty strokes 3save 4one 1I received]. 25Three 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; 26in 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; 27in toil and trouble; in sleeplessnesses often; in hunger and thirst; in fastings often; in chilliness and nakedness. 28Separate from the things outwardly, there is the conspiring against me in the daily anxiety concerning all the assemblies. 29Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is stumbled, and I am not on fire? 30If [2boast 1I must], [2in the things 3of my weakness 1I will boast]. 31The God and father of the Lord Jesus Christ knows, the one being blessed into the eons, that I do not lie. 32In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, [2to lay hold 3of me 1wanting]; 33and through a window in a cord basket I was let down through the wall, and I fled from his hands.
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