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2 Corinthians 11 :: New International Version (NIV)

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I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”[fn]

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I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

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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?

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I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.

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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.

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As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine.

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Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

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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.

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For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.

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And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

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It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.

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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.

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In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.

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Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.

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You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!

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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.

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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.

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Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I.

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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.

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Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.

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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,

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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.

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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.

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Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

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Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

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If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

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The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.

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In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.

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But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.
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