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 Wold to God, ye could haue suffred me a lytell in my folyshnes: yee, ye do also forbeare me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am gelous ouer you wt godly gelousye: For I haue coupled you to one man, that ye shulde make your selues a chaste virgin vnto Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I feare lest it come to passe þt as the serpent begyled Eue thorowe hys subteltye, euen so your wittes shulde be corrupte from the synglenes that ye had toward Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For yf he þt commeth preache another Iesus then hym whom we preached: or yf ye receaue another sprete then þt which ye haue receaued, ether another Gospell then that ye haue receaued, ye might right well haue bene content.
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 For I suppose that I was not behynde the chefe Apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:6 But though I be rude in speakinge, yet I am not so in knowledge. Howbeit amonge you, we haue bene well knowen to þe vtmost what we are in all thinges.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Dyd I therin synne, because I submytted my selfe, that ye might be exalted: & because I preached to you þe Gospell of God fre? 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other congregacyons, & toke wages of them, to do you seruyce. 2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present wt you, & had nede I was chargeable to no man: for þt which was lackynge vnto me, the brethren which came from Macedonia, supplied, and in all thinges I kept my selfe so that I shuld not be chargeable to any man, and so wyll I kepe my selfe. 2 Corinthians 11:10 If the trueth of Christ be in me, thys reioysyng shall not be taken from me in the regions of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherfore? Because I loue you not? God knoweth. 2 Corinthians 11:12 Neuertheles, what I do, that wyll I do, to cut awaye occasyon from them which desyre occasion: þt they might be founde lyke vnto vs, in that wherin they reioyce.
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 For soch fals apostles are disceatfull workers, and fassy on them selues lyke vnto the apostles of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no maruayle: for Satan him selfe is chaunged into the fassyon of an angell of light. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therfore it is no great thynge though hys mynisters fassyon them selues, as though they were the ministers of ryghtewesnes: whose ende shalbe accordyng to theyr dedes. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I saye agayne, lest eny man thynke that I am folysshe: or els euen nowe take ye me as a foole, that I also maye boast my selfe a lytell. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That I speake, I speake not after the Lorde: but as it were folyshly, in thys matter of boastinge. 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seynge that many reioyce after the flesshe, I wyll reioyce also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffre foles gladly, seynge ye youre selues are wyse. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For ye suffre yf a man bryng you into bondage, yf a man deuoure, yf a man take yf a man exalte him selfe, yf a man smyte you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speake as concerning rebuke, as though we had bene weake, Howbeit, wherinsoeuer eny man dare be bolde (I speake folyshly) I dare be bolde also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 They are Ebrues, euen so am I. They are Israelites, euen so am I. They are þe 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 þe mynisters of Chryst (I speake as a foole) I am more. In labours more aboundante: In strypes aboue measure: In preson more plenteouslye: In deeth ofte. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Iewes fyue tymes receaued I euery tyme .xl. strypes saue one. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thryse was I beaten wt roddes, I was once stoned, I suffered thryse shypwracke. Nyght and daye haue I bene in the deepe see. 2 Corinthians 11:26 In iorneying often: in parels of waters: in parels of robbers: in ieopardyes of myne awne nacyon: in ieopardyes among þe hethen: in parels in þe citie: in parels in wildernes: in parels in the see: in parels amonge false brethren: 2 Corinthians 11:27 in laboure & trauayle: in watchinges often: in honger and thyrst: in fastynges often: in colde and nakednes: 2 Corinthians 11:28 besyde the thinges which outwardly happen vnto me. I am combred daylye, and do care for all congregacyons. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weake, and I am not weake? who is offended, & I burne not? 2 Corinthians 11:30 If I must nedes boast, I wyll boaste of the thynges that concerne myne infirmyties. 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God & father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ, which is blessed for euermore knoweth that I lye not. 2 Corinthians 11:32 In the cytie of Damascon, the gouerner of þe people vnder king Aretas, layde watch in the cytie of the Damascens, and wold haue caught me: 2 Corinthians 11:33 and at a windowe was I let downe in a basket thorowe the wall, and so scaped I his handes.