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2 Corinthians 11 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Paul and the False Apostles

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:1 - I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:2 - I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:3 - But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:4 - For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:5 - I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:6 - I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:7 - Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:8 - I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:9 - And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:10 - As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:11 - Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:12 - And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:13 - For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:14 - And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:15 - It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

Paul Boasts About His Sufferings

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:16 - I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:17 - In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:18 - Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:19 - You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:20 - In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:21 - To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:22 - Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:23 - Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:24 - Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:25 - Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:26 - I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:27 - I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:28 - Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:29 - Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:30 - If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:31 - The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:32 - In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:33 - But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.
NIV Footnotes
Or to the most eminent apostles

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