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2 Corinthians 11 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Paul Defends His Apostleship

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:1 -

I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness, but [fn]indeed you are bearing with me.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:2 - For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy, for I betrothed you to one husband, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:3 - But I fear that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be corrupted from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:4 - For if [fn]one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit which you did not receive, or a different gospel which you did not accept, you bear this beautifully.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:5 - For I consider myself in no way inferior to the [fn]most-eminent apostles.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:6 - But even if I am unskilled in word, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:7 -

Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I proclaimed the gospel of God to you without charge?

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:8 - I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to minister to you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:9 - And when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brothers came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept and will keep myself from being a burden to you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:10 - As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:11 - Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:12 -

But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be found just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:13 - For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:14 - And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:15 - Therefore it is not surprising if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:16 -

Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:17 - What I am saying, I am not saying [fn]according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:18 - Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:19 - For you, being so wise, are bearing the foolish gladly.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:20 - For you bear it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:21 - To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison.

But in whatever respect anyone else is daring—I speak in foolishness—I am just as daring myself.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:22 - Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s seed? So am I.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:23 - Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in [fn]far more labors, in [fn]far more imprisonments, in beatings without number, in frequent danger of death.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:24 - Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:25 - Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked—a night and a day I have spent in the deep.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:26 - I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the desolate places, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brothers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:27 - I have been in labor and hardship, in many sleepless nights, in starvation and thirst, often hungry, in cold and [fn]without enough clothing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:28 - Apart from such [fn]external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:29 - Who is weak without my being weak? Who is made to stumble [fn]without my burning concern?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:30 -

If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:31 - The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:32 - In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:33 - and I was let down in a basket through a window [fn]in the wall, and so escaped his hands.
LSB Footnotes
Or do indeed bear with me
Lit the one who comes preaches
Or super-apostles
Or as the Lord would
Lit more abundant
Lit more abundant
Lit nakedness
Or the things unmentioned
Lit and I do not burn
Lit through

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