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 to God ye coulde suffre me a lytell in my folyshenes: yea, and I praye you, forbeare me. 2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am gelous ouer you with godly gelousye. For I coupled you to one man, to make you a chaste virgyn to Christe. 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I feare leste as þe serpente begyled Eue thorowe hys suttelty, euen so youre wyttes shoulde be corrupte from the synglenes that is in Christe. 2 Corinthians 11:4 For yf he that commeth, preache another Iesus then hym whom we preached: or yf ye receyue another spiryte then that whiche ye haue receyued: other another Gospell then that ye haue receyued, ye myght ryghte well haue bene content.
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 I impose that I was not behynde þe chief Apostles. 2 Corinthians 11:6 Though I be rude in speakynge, yet I am not so in knoweledge. Howe be it amonge you: we are knowen to the vttermoste what we are in all thynges.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 Dyd I therein synne, because I submytted my selfe, that ye myght be exalted, and because I preached to you the Gospell of God fre? 2 Corinthians 11:8 I robbed other congregacyons, and toke wages of them, to do you seruyce with al. 2 Corinthians 11:9 And when I was present with you, and had nede, I was greuous to no man, for that whiche was lackynge vnto me, the brethren whiche came from Macedonia, supplyed: and in all thynge I kept my selfe that I shoulde not be greuous to you, & so wyl I kepe my selfe. 2 Corinthians 11:10 Yf the trueth of Christe be in me, thys reioysynge shall not be taken from me in the regyons of Achaia. 2 Corinthians 11:11 Wherfore? Because I loue you not? God knoweth. 2 Corinthians 11:12 Neuerthelesse what I do, that wyll I do, to cut awaye occasyon from them which desyre occasyon, that they myght be founde lyke vnto vs in that wherein they reioyce.
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 For these false Apostles are disceytfull workers, and fashyon them selues lyke vnto the Apostles of Christe. 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no maruail for Satan hym selfe is chaunged into the fashyon of an angell of lyghte. 2 Corinthians 11:15 Therfore it is no greate thynge, thoughe hys mynysters fashyon them selues as thoughe they were the mynisters of rightuousnes, whose end shalbe accordynge to theyr dedes. 2 Corinthians 11:16 I saye agayne, lest anye man thynke that I am folyshe, or els euen nowe take me as a fole, that I maye boaste my selfe a lyttell. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That I speake, I speake it not after the wayes of the Lorde, but as it were folishly, while we are nowe come to bostynge. 2 Corinthians 11:18 Seyng that manye reioyce after the fleshe, I will reioyse also. 2 Corinthians 11:19 For ye suffer foles gladly, because that ye youre selues are wyse. 2 Corinthians 11:20 For ye suffre euen yf a man brynge you into bondage: yf a man deuoure, yf a man take yf a man exalte hym selfe, yf a man smite you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:21 I speake as concernynge rebuke, as thoughe we had bene weake. Howe be it, wherein soeuer any man dare be bolde (I speake folyshly) I dare be bolde also. 2 Corinthians 11:22 They are Hebrues, so am I: They are Israelytes, 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 fole) I am more: In labours more aboundaunte: In strypes aboue measure: In pryson more plentuouslye: In death ofte. 2 Corinthians 11:24 Of the Iewes .v. tymes receyued I euerye tyme .xl. strypes saue one. 2 Corinthians 11:25 Thryse was I beaten with roddes. I was once stoned. I suffered thryse shipwracke. Nyght and daye haue I bene in the depe of the sea. 2 Corinthians 11:26 In iorneyeyng often: in parils of waters: in parylles of robbers: in ieoperdyes amonge the heathen. I haue bene in peryls in cytyes, in peryls in wyldernes, in peryls in the sea, in peryls among false brethren, 2 Corinthians 11:27 in laboure and trauayle, in watchyng often, in hunger, in thyrste, in fastynges often, in colde, and in nakednes. 2 Corinthians 11:28 And besyde the thynges whiche outwardelye happen vnto me, I am combered dayelye, and do care for all congregations. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is weake, and I am not weake? Who is hurte in the faythe, and my herte burneth not? 2 Corinthians 11:30 Yf I muste nedes reioyce, I wyll reioyce of myne infirmities. 2 Corinthians 11:31 The God and father of oure Lorde Iesus Christ, whiche is blessed for euermore, knoweth that I lye not 2 Corinthians 11:32 In the citie of Damascon the gouerner of the people vnder king Aretas, layd watche in the citie of the Damascens, and woulde haue caught me, 2 Corinthians 11:33 and at a wyndowe was I let doune in a basket thorow the wall, and so scaped hys handes.