2 Corinthians 11

Paul Defends His Apostleship

I 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.
For 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. But 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. For 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.
For I consider myself m not in the least inferior to the
Or super-apostles
most eminent apostles.
But 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.

Or 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? I robbed other churches by u taking wages from them to serve you; and 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. 11 Why? ad Because I do not love you? ae God knows I do!

12 But 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.
13 For such men are ah false apostles ai deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even aj Satan disguises himself as an ak angel of light. 15 Therefore 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. 17 What 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.
18 Since aq many boast ar according to the flesh, I will boast also. 19 For you, as being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly. 20 For 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. 21 To 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.
22 Are 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.
23 Are 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.
24 Five times I received from the Jews br thirty-nine lashes. 25 Three 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. 26 I 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; 27 I 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.
28 Apart from such
Or the things unmentioned
external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for cf all the churches.
29 Who 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?

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