2 Corinthians 11

Paul Defends His Apostleship

1I wish that you would a  bear with me in a little b  foolishness; but
Or do indeed bear with me
indeed you are bearing with me.
2For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I d  betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might e  present you as a pure virgin. 3But I am afraid that, as the f  serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. 4For if
Lit the one who comes preaches
one comes and preaches h  another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a i  different spirit which you have not received, or a j  different gospel which you have not accepted, you k  bear this l  beautifully.
5For I consider myself m  not in the least inferior to the
Or super-apostles
most eminent apostles.
6But even if I am o  unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in p  knowledge; in fact, in every way we have q  made this evident to you in all things.

7Or r  did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the s  gospel of God to you t  without charge? 8I robbed other churches by u  taking wages from them to serve you; 9and when I was present with you and was in need, I was v  not a burden to anyone; for when w  the brethren came from x  Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from y  being a burden to you,
Lit and I will keep
and will continue to do so.
10 aa  As the truth of Christ is in me, ab  this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of ac  Achaia. 11Why? ad  Because I do not love you? ae  God knows I do!

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

16 am  Again 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. 17What I am saying, I am not saying
Lit in accordance with the Lord
,
ao  as the Lord would, but as ap  in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.
18Since aq  many boast ar  according to the flesh, I will boast also. 19For you, as  being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly. 20For you tolerate it if anyone at  enslaves you, anyone au  devours you, anyone av  takes advantage of you, anyone aw  exalts himself, anyone ax  hits you in the face. 21To my ay  shame I must say that we have been az  weak by comparison.

But in whatever respect anyone else ba  is bold— I bb  speak in foolishnessI am just as bold myself.
22Are they bc  Hebrews? bd  So am I. Are they be  Israelites? bf  So am I. Are they
Lit seed
,
bh  descendants of Abraham? bi  So am I.
23Are they bj  servants of Christ?—I speak as if insaneI more so; in
Lit more abundant
,
bl  far more labors, in
Lit more abundant
,
bn  far more imprisonments,
Lit exceedingly in stripes
,
bp  beaten times without number, often in bq  danger of death.
24Five times I received from the Jews br  thirty-nine lashes. 25Three times I was bs  beaten with rods, once I was bt  stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. 26I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my bu  countrymen, dangers from the bv  Gentiles, dangers in the bw  city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among bx  false brethren; 27I have been in by  labor and hardship
Lit often in wakefulness
through many sleepless nights, in ca  hunger and thirst, often cb  without food, in cold and
Lit nakedness; i.e. lack of clothing
,
cd  exposure.
28Apart from such
Or the things unmentioned
external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for cf  all the churches.
29Who is cg  weak without my being weak? Who is
Lit made to stumble
led into sin
Lit and I do not burn
without my intense concern?

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