2 Corinthians 11

1 I wish-that you* were tolerating me in a little foolishness, but even as you* are tolerating other things from me. 2 For* I am jealous over you* with the jealousy of God; for* I espoused you* to one husband, to present you* as a pure virgin to the Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve in his craftiness, so your* minds might be corrupted away from the clarity and the purity which is leading to the Christ. 4 For* if he who indeed comes, is preaching another Jesus, whom we did not preach or if you* receive a different spirit, which you* did not receive or a different good-news, which you* did not accept, you* were tolerating him well . 5 For* I reason to have come-short in nothing compared to the preeminent apostles. 6 But even if I am unskilled in my speech, but I am not in knowledge! But in everything, we made this knowledge manifest to you* in all things. 7 Or did I practice some sin in humbling myself in order that you* might be exalted, because I proclaimed freely the good-news of God to you*? 8 I plundered other congregations*, having taken compensations from them for your* service. 9 And being present* with you* and having been lacking, I did not encumber anyone; for* the brethren who came from Macedonia, replenished my lack of things and I kept and will be keeping myself not burdensome to you* in everything. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, that this boasting will not be sealed up in me in the districts of Achaia. 11 Why? Because I do not love* you*? God knows I do. 12 But what I am doing, I will also continue to be doing it in order that I may cut off the starting-point from those who wish for a starting-point in order that they may be found just-as we in what they are boasting. 13 For* such men are false apostles, workers of treachery, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And it is not a marvelous thing; for* even the Adversary fashions himself into a messenger of light. 15 Therefore, it is no great thing if his servants are also fashioned like servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
16 I say again, not anyone should think me to be foolish; otherwise, (even if as foolish), accept me in order that I may also boast in a little something. 17 What I speak in this firmness of boasting, I do not speak according to the Lord, but as in foolishness. 18 Since many are boasting according to the flesh, I will also be boasting. 19 For* you* are tolerating the foolish gladly, being so prudent . 20 For* you* tolerate it, if anyone is enslaving you *, if anyone is devouring you *, if anyone is taking from you *, if anyone is lifting himself up, if anyone is whipping you* on the face. 21 I speak according to our dishonor, as though we were weak. But in whatever anyone may be daring (I speak in foolishness), I am also daring. 22 Are they Hebrews? I also. Are they Israelites? I also. Are they the seed of Abraham? I also. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I speak, as if having insanity) I am beyond them: in labors even-more, in lashes surpassingly, in prisons even-more, in deaths often. 24 Five-times, I received forty lashes beside {i.e. minus} one from the Jews. 25 I was lashed with rods three-times. I was stoned once. I was shipwrecked three-times. I have spent a night and a day in the depth of the sea; 26 often in journeys, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in perils from my own race, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils by false brethren; 27 in labor and hardship, often in sleeplessness, in famine and thirst, often in fasts, in cold and nakedness. 28 Plus the things which are outside, my every day pressure which is the anxiety for all the congregations*. 29 Who is weak and I am not weak? Who is offended and I am not on fire? 30 If it is essential for me to be boasting, I will be boasting in the things which are from my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, he who is gracious* forever, knows that I am not lying. 32 In Damascus the Ethnarch of Aretas, the king, was guarding the Damascenes' city, wishing to arrest me; 33 and I was lowered through a window in a hamper and through the wall and fled away from his hands.

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