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 Wolde God ye coulde suffre me a litle in my foloshnes, yet do ye forbeare me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am gelous ouer you wt godly gelousy. For I haue maried you vnto one ma, to brynge a chaste virgin vnto Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I feare, lest as ye serpet begyled Eue wt his sutteltie, eue so yor wyttes shulde be corrupte from the synglenesse that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For yf he that commeth vnto you, preach another Iesus, whom we haue not preached, or yf ye receaue another sprete, yt ye haue not receaued, or another Gospell which ye haue not accepted, ye might right well haue bene cotent.
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose that I am no lesse the the hye Apostles are. 2 Corinthians 11:6 And though I be rude in speakynge, yet am I not rude in knowlege. Howbeit amoge you I am knowne to the vttemost.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Or dyd I synne therin because I submytted my selfe, that ye mighte be exalted? For I preached vnto you the Gospell of God frely, 2 Corinthians 11:8 and robbed other cogregacions, and toke wages of the, to preach vnto you. 2 Corinthians 11:9 And whan I was present with you, and had nede, I was greuous to no man: for yt which was lackynge vnto me, the brethren which came fro Macedonia, suppleed. And in all thinges I kepte myselfe so, yt I shulde not be greuous to you, & so wyl I kepe my selfe. 2 Corinthians 11:10 As surely as the trueth of Christ is in me, this reioysinge shal not be taken fro me in the regions of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherfore? because I shulde not loue you? God knoweth. 2 Corinthians 11:12 Neuertheles what I do and wyl do, that do I to cut awaye occasion, from the which seke occasion, that they mighte boast the selues to be like vnto vs.
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 For soch false Apostles & disceatfull workers fashion them selues like vnto the Apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And that is no maruell: for Sathan himfelfe is chaunged in to ye fashion of an angell of light. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therfore is it no greate thinge, though his mymisters fashion them selues as though they were the preachers of righteousnes, whose ende shalbe acordinge to their dedes. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I saye agayne, lest eny man thynke that I am folish: or els take me euen now as a fole, yt I maye boast my selfe a litle also. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That I speake now, that speake I not after the LORDE, but as it were in folishnes, whyle we are now come to boastinge: 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seynge that many boaste them selues after ye flesh, I wil boast my selfe also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffre foles gladly, in so moch as ye youre selues are wyse. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For ye suffre euen yf a man brynge you in to bondage, yf a man put you to dishonesty, yf a man take ought fro you, yf a man exalte himselfe ouer you, yf a man smyte you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speake concernynge rebuke, as though we were weake. Wherin so euer now eny man darre be bolde (I speake folishly) therin darre I be bolde also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 They are Hebrues, so am I. They are Israelites, euen so am I. They are the sede 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 They are the mynisters of Christ (I speake as a fole) I am more: in laboures more abudaunt, in strypes aboue measure, in presonmentes more plenteously, in death oft. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Iewes receaued I fyue tymes fortye strypes, one lesse. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thryse was I beaten with roddes. I was once stoned, I suffred thryse shypwracke: nighte and daye haue I bene in the depe of the see: 2 Corinthians 11:26 I haue oft iourneyed: I haue bene oft in parels of waters, in parels amonge murthurers, in parels amonge the Iewes, in parels amonge the Heythen, in parels in cities, in parels in the wylderners, in parels vpon the See, in parels amonge false brethre, 2 Corinthians 11:27 in laboure & trauayle, in moch watchinges, in honger and thyrst, in moch fastinges in colde and nakednesse: 2 Corinthians 11:28 Besyde those thynges which are outwarde, namely my daylie combraunce, my daylie care for all cogregacions. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weake, and I be not weake? Who is offended, & I burne not? 2 Corinthians 11:30 Yf I must nedes make my boast, I wil boast my selfe of myne infirmyte. 2 Corinthians 11:31 God ye father of oure LORDE Iesus Christ, which is blessed for euer, knoweth that I lye not. 2 Corinthians 11:32 At Damascon the gouernoure of ye people vnder kynge Aretas, kepte ye cite of the Damascenes, & wolde haue taken me. 2 Corinthians 11:33 and at a wyndowe was I let downe in a basket thorow the wall, & so escaped his handes.