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 that ye could bear with me in a little foolishness: nay indeed bear with me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you [as] a pure virgin to Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or [if] ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, which ye did not accept, ye do well to bear with [him].
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I reckon that I am not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:6 But though [I be] rude in speech, yet [am I] not in knowledge; nay, in everything we have made [it] manifest among all men to you-ward.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought? 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages [of them] that I might minister unto you; 2 Corinthians 11:9 and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and [so] will I keep [myself]. 2 Corinthians 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this glorying in the regions of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth. 2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire an 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 men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if [ye do], yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying. 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise [yourselves]. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For ye bear with a man, if he bringeth you into bondage, if he devoureth you, if he taketh you [captive], if he exalteth himself, if he smiteth you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak. Yet whereinsoever any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 Are they Hebrews? 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 speak as one beside himself) I more; in labours more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths oft. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day have I been in the deep; 2 Corinthians 11:26 [in] journeyings often, [in] perils of rivers, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils from [my] countrymen, [in] perils from the Gentiles, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren; 2 Corinthians 11:27 [in] labour and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 2 Corinthians 11:28 Beside those things that are without, there is that which presseth upon me daily, anxiety for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is made to stumble, and I burn not? 2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness. 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 2 Corinthians 11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes, in order to take me: 2 Corinthians 11:33 and through a window was I let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.