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 ye coulde haue suffred me a litle in my foolishnesse: and in dede ye do forbeare me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am gelous ouer you, with Godly gelousie: For I haue coupled you to one man, to present [you] a chaste virgin vnto Christe. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I feare lest by any meanes, that as the serpent begyled Eue through his subtiltie, euen so your myndes shoulde be corrupted fro the singlenesse that is towarde Christe. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For yf he that commeth, preacheth another Iesus, whom we haue not preached: or yf ye receaue another spirite whom ye haue not receaued: either another Gospell which ye haue not receaued, you woulde well haue suffered [hym].
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 Ueryly I suppose that I was not behynde the chiefe Apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:6 But though [I be] rude in speakyng, yet not in knowledge, but in all thynges among you, we haue ben well knowen to the vtmost.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Dyd I sinne because I submitted my selfe, that ye myght be exalted, & because I preached to you the Gospell of God freely? 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other Churches, takyng wages of them, to do you seruice. 2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and had nede, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lackyng vnto me, the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied, and in all thynges I haue kept my selfe so that I shoulde not be chargeable to any man, and [so] wyll I kepe my selfe. 2 Corinthians 11:10 The trueth of Christe is in me, that this reioycyng shall not be shut vp agaynst me in the regions of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherfore? Because I loue you not? God knoweth. 2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that wyll I do, to cut away occasion from them which desire occasion, that they myght be founde lyke vnto vs, in yt wherin they gloried.
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such false Apostles [are] disceiptfull workers, transfourmed into ye Apostles of Christe. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no maruayle, for Satan himselfe is transfourmed into an angel of lyght. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therfore it is no great thyng though his ministers be transfourmed as the ministers of righteousnesse, whose ende shalbe accordyng to their workes. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I say agayne, let no man thynke that I am foolyshe: or els euen nowe take ye me as a foole, that I also may boast my selfe a litle. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That I speake, I speake it not after the Lorde: but as it were foolishly, in this maner of boastyng. 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seyng that many glorie after ye fleshe, I wyll glorie also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffer fooles gladly, seyng ye your selues are wyse. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For ye suffer, yf a man bryng you into bondage, yf a man deuoure, yf a man take, yf a man exalt hym selfe, yf a man smite you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speake concernyng reproche, as though we had ben weake: Howbeit, wherin soeuer any man is bolde, (I speake foolishly) I am bolde also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 They are Ebrues, euen so am I. They are Israelites, euen so am I. They are the seede of Abraham, euen so am I.
and in the service of Christ, and in all kind of sufferings for his ministry, far superior.
2 Corinthians 11:23 They are the ministers of Christe, (I speake as a foole) I am more: in labours more aboundant, in stripes aboue measure, in pryson more plenteouslie, in death oft. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Iewes fyue tymes receaued I fourtie [stripes] saue one. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thryse was I beaten with roddes, once stoned, thrise I suffred shipwracke, nyght and day haue I ben in ye depth: 2 Corinthians 11:26 In iourneying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of myne owne nation, in perils among 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 labour & trauayle, in watchinges often, in hunger and thirst, in fastinges often, in colde and nakednesse, 2 Corinthians 11:28 Besides the thynges which outwardlye come vnto me: my dayly encombraunce [is] 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 wyll glory of the thynges that concerne myne infirmities. 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and father of our Lorde Iesus Christe, which is blessed for euermore, knoweth that I lye not. 2 Corinthians 11:32 In [the citie of] Damascus, Aretas the kynges gouernour of the people, layde watche in the citie of the Damascens, and woulde haue caught me: 2 Corinthians 11:33 And at a wyndowe was I let downe in a basket through the wall, and scaped his handes.