2 Corinthians 11
Out of his jealousy over the Corinthians, who seemed to make more account of the false apostles than of him, he entereth into a forced commendation of himself,
2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God you could beare with mee a little in my folly, & in deede beare with me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am iealous ouer you with godly iealousie, for I haue espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I feare lest by any meanes, as the Serpent beguiled Eue through his subtilty, so your mindes should bee corrupted from the simplicitie that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that commeth preacheth another Iesus whome wee haue not preached, or if yee receiue another spirit, which ye haue not receiued, or another Gospel, which ye haue not accepted, yee might well beare [with him].
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 For, I suppose, I was not a whit behinde the very chiefest Apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speach, yet not in knowledge; but we haue bene throughly made manifest among you in all things.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Haue I committed an offence in abasing my selfe, that you might be exalted, because I haue preached to you the Gospel of God freely? 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other Churches, taking wages of them to doe you seruice. 2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: For that which was lacking to mee, the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied, and in all things I haue kept my selfe from being burthensome to you, and [so] will I keepe my selfe. 2 Corinthians 11:10 As the trueth of Christ is in mee, no man shall stop mee of this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherefore? because I loue you not? God knoweth. 2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I doe, that I wil doe, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion, that wherein they glory, they may bee found euen as we.
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false Apostles, deceitfull workers, transforming themselues into the Apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marueile, for Sathan himselfe is transformed into an Angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also bee transformed as the ministers of righteousnesse, whose end shall be according to their workes. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I say againe, Let no man thinke mee a foole; if otherwise, yet as a foole receiue me, that I may boast my selfe a little. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That which I speake, I speake it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly in this confidence of boasting. 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffer fooles gladly, seeing ye your selues are wise. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For ye suffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a man deuoure you, if a man take [of you], if a man exalt himselfe, if a man smite you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speake as concerning reproch, as though we had bene weake: howbeit, wherein soeuer any is bold, I speake foolishly, I am bold also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 Are they Hebrewes? so [am] I: are they Israelites? so [am] I: are they the seed of Abraham? so [am] I:
and in the service of Christ, and in all kind of sufferings for his ministry, far superior.
2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? I speake as a foole, I am more: in labors more abundant: in stripes aboue measure: in prisons more frequent: in deaths oft. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Iewes fiue times receiued I forty [stripes] saue one. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned: thrice I suffered shipwracke: a night and a day I haue bene in the deepe. 2 Corinthians 11:26 In iourneying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my owne countreymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the citie, in perils in the wildernesse, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren, 2 Corinthians 11:27 In wearinesse and painfulnesse, in watchings often, in hunger & thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakednes. 2 Corinthians 11:28 Besides those things that are without, that which commeth vpon me dayly, the care of all the Churches. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weake, and I am not weake? who is offended, and I burne not? 2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must needes glory, I will glory of the things which concerne mine infirmities. 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Iesus Christ, which is blessed for euermore, knoweth that I lie not. 2 Corinthians 11:32 In Damascus the gouernour vnder Aretas the King, kept the citie with a garison, desirous to apprehend mee. 2 Corinthians 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let downe, by the wall, and escaped his hands.