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 O that ye were bearing with me a little of the folly, but ye also do bear with me: 2 Corinthians 11:2 for I am zealous for you with zeal of God, for I did betroth you to one husband, a pure virgin, to present to Christ, 2 Corinthians 11:3 and I fear, lest, as the serpent did beguile Eve in his subtilty, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that [is] in the Christ; 2 Corinthians 11:4 for if, indeed, he who is coming doth preach another Jesus whom we did not preach, or another Spirit ye receive which ye did not receive, or other good news which ye did not acceptwell were ye bearing [it],
of his equality with the chief Apostles,
2 Corinthians 11:5 for I reckon that I have been nothing behind the very chiefest apostles, 2 Corinthians 11:6 and even if unlearned in wordyet not in knowledge, but in every thing we were made manifest in all things to you.
of his preaching the Gospel to them freely, and without any their charge,
2 Corinthians 11:7 The sin did I domyself humbling that ye might be exalted, because freely the good news of God I did proclaim to you? 2 Corinthians 11:8 other assemblies I did rob, having taken wages, for your ministration; 2 Corinthians 11:9 and being present with you, and having been in want, I was chargeable to no one, for my lack did the brethren supplyhaving come from Macedoniaand in everything burdenless to you I did keep myself, and will keep. 2 Corinthians 11:10 The truth of Christ is in me, because this boasting shall not be stopped in regard to me in the regions of Achaia; 2 Corinthians 11:11 wherefore? because I do not love you? God hath known! 2 Corinthians 11:12 and what I do, I also will do, that I may cut off the occasion of those wishing an occasion, that in that which they boast they may be found according as we also;
shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative,
2 Corinthians 11:13 for those such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ, 2 Corinthians 11:14 and no wonderfor even the Adversary doth transform himself into a messenger of light; 2 Corinthians 11:15 no great thing, then, if also his ministrants do transform themselves as ministrants of righteousnesswhose end shall be according to their works. 2 Corinthians 11:16 Again I say, may no one think me to be a fool; and if otherwise, even as a fool receive me, that I also a little may boast. 2 Corinthians 11:17 That which I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this the confidence of boasting; 2 Corinthians 11:18 since many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast: 2 Corinthians 11:19 for gladly do ye bear with the foolsbeing wise, 2 Corinthians 11:20 for ye bear, if any one is bringing you under bondage, if any one doth devour, if any one doth take away, if any one doth exalt himself, if any one on the face doth smite you; 2 Corinthians 11:21 in reference to dishonour I speak, how that we were weak, and in whatever any one is boldin foolishness I say [it]I also am bold. 2 Corinthians 11:22 Hebrews are they? I also! Israelites are they? I also! seed of Abraham are they? I also!
and in the service of Christ, and in all kind of sufferings for his ministry, far superior.
2 Corinthians 11:23 ministrants of Christ are they?as beside myself I speakI more; in labours more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths many times; 2 Corinthians 11:24 from Jews five times forty [stripes] save one I did receive; 2 Corinthians 11:25 thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice was I shipwrecked, a night and a day in the deep I have passed; 2 Corinthians 11:26 journeyings many times, perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from kindred, perils from nations, perils in city, perils in wilderness, perils in sea, perils among false brethren; 2 Corinthians 11:27 in labouriousness and painfulness, in watchings many times, in hunger and thirst, in fastings many times, in cold and nakedness; 2 Corinthians 11:28 apart from the things withoutthe crowding upon me that is dailythe care of all the assemblies. 2 Corinthians 11:29 Who is infirm, and I am not infirm? who is stumbled, and I am not fired; 2 Corinthians 11:30 if to boast it behoveth [me], of the things of my infirmity I will boast; 2 Corinthians 11:31 the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christwho is blessed to the ageshath known that I do not lie! 2 Corinthians 11:32 In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king was watching the city of the Damascenes, wishing to seize me, 2 Corinthians 11:33 and through a window in a rope basket I was let down, through the wall, and fled out of his hands.