2 Corinthians 11
Paul and the False Apostles1I wish you would put up with a little foolishness a from me. Yes, do put up with me. ▼
▼Or Yes, you are putting up with me2 For I am jealous c over you with a godly jealousy d because I have promised you in marriage to one husband – to present a pure e virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear that, as the serpent f deceived g Eve h by his cunning, your minds may be seduced from a complete and pure ▼
▼Other mss omit and puredevotion to Christ. j 4 For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus k whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit l which you had not received, or a different gospel m which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly! 5 Now I consider myself in no way inferior to the “super-apostles.” n 6 Though untrained in public speaking o I am certainly not untrained in knowledge. p Indeed, we have always made that clear to you in everything. 7 Or did I commit a sin by humbling q myself so that you might be exalted r because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge? s 8I robbed other churches by taking pay from them to minister to you. 9When I was present with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia t supplied my needs. u I have kept myself, and will keep myself, from burdening you in any way. 10As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped ▼
▼Or silencedin the regions of Achaia. w 11 Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows I do! 12 But I will continue to do what I am doing, in order to deny ▼
▼Lit cut offthe opportunity of those who want an opportunity to be regarded just as our equals in what they boast about. 13 For such people are false apostles y deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their destiny ▼
▼Lit endwill be according to their works. aa
Paul’s Sufferings for Christ16 I repeat: No one should consider me a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool, so I too may boast a little. 17 What I say in this matter ▼
▼Or business, or confidenceof boasting, I don’t speak as the Lord would, but foolishly. 18 Since many boast in an unspiritual way ▼
▼Lit boast according to the fleshI will also boast. 19 For you, being so wise, gladly put up with fools! ad 20In fact, you put up with it if someone enslaves you, if someone devours ae you, if someone captures you, if someone dominates you, or if someone hits af you in the face. 21I say this to our shame: We have been weak.But in whatever anyone dares to boast – I am talking foolishly – I also dare: 22 Are they Hebrews? ag So am I.
Are they Israelites? So am I.
Are they the ▼
▼offspring/ seed: This term is used literally or metaphorically to refer to plants or grain, sowing or harvest, male reproductive seed, human children or physical descendants, and also to spiritual children or to Christ (G0013:16).seed of Abraham? ai So am I.
23 Are they servants of Christ?
I’m talking like a madman – I’m a better one:
with far more labors,
many more imprisonments,
far worse beatings, near death ▼
▼Lit and in deathsmany times.
24 Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. ak
25 Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. al
Once I was stoned by my enemies. ▼ , an
Three times I was shipwrecked. ao
I have spent a night and a day
in the open sea.
26 On frequent journeys, I faced
dangers from rivers,
dangers from robbers ap
dangers from my own people aq
dangers from the Gentiles,
dangers in the city,
dangers in the open country,
dangers on the sea,
and dangers among false ▼
▼brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.brothers;
27 labor and hardship,
many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst,
often without food, cold, and lacking clothing. as
28Not to mention ▼
▼Lit Apart fromother things, there is the daily pressure on me: my care for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to ▼
▼cause the downfall of/ causes to sin: The Greek word skandalizo has a root meaning of "snare" or "trap," but has no real English counterpart.stumble av and I do not burn with indignation? 30 If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses. 31 The God and Father aw of the Lord Jesus, who is praised forever, knows I am not lying. 32 In Damascus ax the governor under King Aretas ▼
▼Aretus IV (9 b.c.-a.d. 40), a Nabatean Arab kingguarded the city of the Damascenes in order to arrest me, 33 so I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands. az
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