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 bear with some little of my folly! But do bear with me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear lest, as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted and fall from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Christ, whom we have not preached; or if you receive another Spirit, whom you have not received; or another gospel, which you have not received: you might well bear with him.
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose that I have done nothing less than the great apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:6 For although I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge: but in all things we have been made manifest to you.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Or did I commit a fault, humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached unto you the Gospel of God freely? 2 Corinthians 11:8 I have taken from other churches, receiving wages of them for your ministry. 2 Corinthians 11:9 And, when I was present with you and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was wanting to me, the brethren supplied who came from Macedonia. And in all things I have kept myself from being burthensome to you: and so I will keep myself. 2 Corinthians 11:10 The truth of Christ is in me, that this glorying shall not be broken off in me in the regions of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherefore? Because I love you not? God knoweth it. 2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do: that I may cut off the occasion from them that desire occasion: that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such false apostles are deceitful workmen, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder: for Satan himself transformeth himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be transformed as the ministers of justice, whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I say again (Let no man think me to be foolish: otherwise take me as one foolish, that I also may glory a little): 2 Corinthians 11:17 That which I speak, I speak not according to God: but as it were in foolishness, in this matter of glorying. 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seeing that many glory according to the flesh, I will glory also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For you gladly suffer the foolish: whereas yourselves are wise. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For you suffer if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take from you, if a man be lifted up, if a man strike you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I seek according to dishonour, as if we had been weak in this part. Wherein if any man dare (I speak foolishly), I dare also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 They are Hebrews: so am I. They are Israelites: so am I. They are 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 They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as one less wise): I am more; in many more labours, in prisons more frequently, in stripes above measure, in deaths often. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Jews five times did I receive forty stripes save one. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods: once I was stoned: thrice I suffered shipwreck: a night and a day I was in the depth of the sea. 2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeying often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils from false brethren: 2 Corinthians 11:27 In labour and painfulness, in much watchings, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness: 2 Corinthians 11:28 Besides those things which are without: my daily instance, the solicitude for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is scandalized, and I am not on fire? 2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my infirmity. 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for ever, knoweth that I lie not. 2 Corinthians 11:32 At Damascus, the governor of the nation under Aretas the king, guarded the city of the Damascenes, to apprehend me. 2 Corinthians 11:33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall: and so escaped his hands.