2 Corinthians 111O that ye tolerated a little of my foolishness, but tolerate me too. 2For I am jealous for you with a jealousy of God. For I betrothed you to one husband, a pure virgin to present to the Christ. 3But I fear lest somehow, as the serpent enticed Eve by his craftiness, so your thoughts might be corrupted from the simplicity in the Christ. 4For indeed if a man who comes, preaches another Jesus whom we did not preach, or ye receive another spirit that ye did not receive, or another good news that ye did not accept, ye well tolerated it. 5For I reckon to come short in nothing of those, superlative apostles. 6But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet not in knowledge, but in everything made known in all things to you. 7Or did I commit a sin lowering myself so that ye might be lifted up, because I preached to you the good news of God freely? 8I robbed other congregations, having taken a wage in order for your service. 9And being present with you, and when needy, I was a burden to no man. For the brothers who came from Macedonia, they supplied my need. And in everything I kept and I will keep myself non-burdensome to you. 10The truth of Christ is in me that this pride in me will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. 11Why? Because I do not love you? God knows. 12But what I do, I also will do, so that I may cut off the opportunity of those who desire an opportunity, that in what they boast, they might appear just as we also. 13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves into apostles of Christ. 14And no marvel, for even Satan disguises himself into an agent of light. 15Therefore, it is no great thing if his helpers also disguise themselves as helpers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. 16I say again, let not any man think me to be foolish, but if otherwise-even if as foolish-accept me, so that I also may boast some a little. 17What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of the boast. 18Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. 19For being wise, ye gladly tolerate the foolish. 20For ye tolerate it if some man enslaves you, if some man devours you, if some man seizes you, if some man lifts himself up, if some man strikes you on the face. 21I speak as from shame, that we were so weak. Yet in whatever any man may be bold in foolishness, I say I too am bold. 22Are they Hebrews? I too. Are they Israelites? I too. Are they a seed of Abraham? I too. 23Are they helpers of Christ? (I speak as being mad) I more: in toils, more abundantly; in stripes, countless; in prisons, more frequently; in deaths often. 24From the Jews five times I received forty save one. 25Thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I was shipwrecked, I have done a night and a day in the depth, 26in frequent journeys, in perils of flowing waters, in perils of bandits, in perils from my race, in perils from Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils at sea, in perils among false brothers, 27in toil and hardship, in frequent sleeplessness, in hunger and thirst, in frequent fasts, in cold and nakedness. 28Besides the external things, crowding upon me daily is the care of all the congregations. 29Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I am not made fiery? 30If it is necessary to boast, I will boast of the things of my weakness. 31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, he who is blessed into the ages, knows that I do not lie. 32In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes wanting to apprehend me. 33And I was lowered in a hamper through a window through the wall, and escaped his hands.
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