1I hope you will put up with a little of my foolish bragging. But you are already doing that.2My jealousy for you comes from God himself. I promised to give you to only one husband. That husband is Christ. I wanted to be able to give you to him as if you were a pure virgin.3But Eve was tricked by the snake's clever lies. And I'm afraid that in the same way your minds will somehow be led down the wrong path. They will be led away from your true and pure love for Christ.4Suppose someone comes to you and preaches about a Jesus different from the Jesus we preached about. Or suppose you receive a spirit different from the one you received before. Or suppose you receive a message of good news different from the one you accepted earlier. You put up with those kinds of things easily enough.5But I don't think I'm in any way less important than those “super‑apostles.”6I may not be a trained speaker. But I do have knowledge. I've made that very clear to you in every way.7When I preached God's good news to you free of charge, I put myself down in order to lift you up. Was that a sin?8Did I rob other churches when I received help from them so that I could serve you?9When I was with you and needed something, I didn't cause you any expense. The believers who came from Macedonia gave me what I needed. I haven't caused you any expense at all. And I won't ever do it.10I'm sure that the truth of Christ is in me. And I'm just as sure that nobody in Achaia will keep me from bragging.11Why? Because I don't love you? No! God knows I do!12And I will keep on doing what I'm doing. That will stop those who claim they have things to brag about. They think they have a chance to be considered equal with us.13People like that are false apostles. They work hard to trick others. They only pretend to be apostles of Christ.14That comes as no surprise. Even Satan himself pretends to be an angel of light.15So it doesn't surprise us that those who serve Satan pretend to be serving God. They will finally get exactly what they should.
Paul Brags About His Sufferings
16I will say it again. Don't let anyone think I'm a fool. But if you do, receive me just as you would receive a fool. Then I can do a little bragging.17When I brag about myself like this, I'm not talking the way the Lord would. I'm talking like a fool.18Many are bragging the way the people of the world do. So I will brag like that too.19You are so wise! You gladly put up with fools!20In fact, you even put up with anyone who makes you a slave or uses you. You put up with those who take advantage of you. You put up with those who claim to be better than you. You put up with those who slap you in the face.21I'm ashamed to have to say that I was too weak for that! What anyone else dares to brag about, I also dare to brag about. I'm speaking like a fool!22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Do they belong to the people of Israel? So do I. Are they Abraham's children? So am I.23Are they serving Christ? I am serving him even more. I'm out of my mind to talk like this! I have worked much harder. I have been in prison more often. I have suffered terrible beatings. Again and again I almost died.24Five times the Jews gave me 39 strokes with a whip.25Three times I was beaten with sticks. Once they tried to kill me by throwing stones at me. Three times I was shipwrecked. I spent a night and a day in the open sea.26I have had to keep on the move. I have been in danger from rivers. I have been in danger from robbers. I have been in danger from people from my own country. I have been in danger from those who aren't Jews. I have been in danger in the city, in the country, and at sea. I have been in danger from people who pretended they were believers.27I have worked very hard. Often I have gone without sleep. I have been hungry and thirsty. Often I have gone without food. I have been cold and naked.28Besides everything else, every day I am concerned about all the churches. It is a very heavy load.29If anyone is weak, I feel weak. If anyone is led into sin, I burn on the inside.30If I have to brag, I will brag about the things that show how weak I am.31I am not lying. The God and Father of the Lord Jesus knows this. May God be praised forever.32In Damascus the governor who served under King Aretas had their city guarded. He wanted to arrest me.33But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall. So I slipped through the governor's hands.
2 Corinthians 11
English Standard Version
Paul and the False Apostles
1I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!2For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. (Ho 2:19; Eph 5:27; Col 1:22; Col 1:28; Re 14:4)3But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (Ge 3:4; Joh 8:44; 2Co 6:6; Eph 6:5; Col 2:4; Col 2:8; 1Th 3:5; 1Ti 2:14)4For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. (1Co 3:11; Ga 1:6)5Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. (2Co 12:11; Ga 2:6)6Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things. (1Co 1:17; 2Co 4:2; 2Co 5:11; 2Co 12:12; Eph 3:4)7Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God’s gospel to you free of charge? (Ac 18:3; 2Co 12:13)8I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.9And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. (1Co 16:17; 2Co 12:13; 2Co 12:16; Php 4:12; Php 4:15; 1Th 2:6)10As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. (Ro 1:9; Ro 9:1; 1Co 9:15)11And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! (2Co 6:11; 2Co 11:31; 2Co 12:2)12And what I am doing I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. (1Co 9:12)13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (2Co 11:14; Ga 1:7; Ga 2:4; Ga 6:12; Php 1:15; Php 3:2; Php 3:18; Tit 1:10; Tit 1:12; 2Pe 2:1; 1Jo 4:1; Re 2:2)14And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (Ga 1:8)15So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2Co 3:9; Php 3:19)
Paul’s Sufferings as an Apostle
16I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. (2Co 12:6)17What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool. (1Co 7:12; 2Co 9:4)18Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. (Php 3:3)19For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! (1Co 4:10)20For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. (1Co 4:11; 2Co 7:2; Ga 2:4; Ga 4:3; Ga 4:9; Ga 5:1)21To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. (2Co 10:10)22Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. (Ro 11:1; Php 3:5)23Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. (Ac 16:23; Ro 8:36; 1Co 15:10; 1Co 15:30; 2Co 1:9; 2Co 3:6; 2Co 4:11; 2Co 6:5; 2Co 6:9; 2Co 10:7)24Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. (De 25:3)25Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; (Ac 14:19; Ac 16:22; Ac 27:41)26on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; (Ac 9:23; Ac 13:50; Ac 14:5; Ac 17:5; Ac 18:12; Ac 19:23; Ac 20:3; Ac 20:19; Ac 21:27; Ac 21:31; Ac 23:10; Ac 23:12; Ac 25:3; Ac 27:42; 1Th 2:15)27in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. (1Co 4:11; Php 4:12; 1Th 2:9; 2Th 3:8)28And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. (1Co 7:17)29Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant? (1Co 8:13; 1Co 9:22)30If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. (1Co 2:3; 2Co 10:10; 2Co 12:5; 2Co 12:9)31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. (Ro 9:5; Ro 15:6; 2Co 11:11)32At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me, (Ac 9:24)33but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands. (Ac 9:25)