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2 Corinthians 11 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Paul and the False Apostles
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:1 - I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:2 - For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride[fn] to one husband—Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:3 - But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:4 - You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:5 - But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:6 - I may be unskilled as a speaker, but I’m not lacking in knowledge. We have made this clear to you in every possible way.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:7 - Was I wrong when I humbled myself and honored you by preaching God’s Good News to you without expecting anything in return?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:8 - I “robbed” other churches by accepting their contributions so I could serve you at no cost.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:9 - And when I was with you and didn’t have enough to live on, I did not become a financial burden to anyone. For the brothers who came from Macedonia brought me all that I needed. I have never been a burden to you, and I never will be.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:10 - As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, no one in all of Greece[fn] will ever stop me from boasting about this.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:11 - Why? Because I don’t love you? God knows that I do.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:12 - But I will continue doing what I have always done. This will undercut those who are looking for an opportunity to boast that their work is just like ours.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:13 - These people are false apostles. They are deceitful workers who disguise themselves as apostles of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:14 - But I am not surprised! Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:15 - So it is no wonder that his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. In the end they will get the punishment their wicked deeds deserve.
Paul’s Many Trials
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:16 - Again I say, don’t think that I am a fool to talk like this. But even if you do, listen to me, as you would to a foolish person, while I also boast a little.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:17 - Such boasting is not from the Lord, but I am acting like a fool.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:18 - And since others boast about their human achievements, I will, too.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:19 - After all, you think you are so wise, but you enjoy putting up with fools!
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:20 - You put up with it when someone enslaves you, takes everything you have, takes advantage of you, takes control of everything, and slaps you in the face.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:21 - I’m ashamed to say that we’ve been too “weak” to do that!
But whatever they dare to boast about—I’m talking like a fool again—I dare to boast about it, too.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:22 - Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:23 - Are they servants of Christ? I know I sound like a madman, but I have served him far more! I have worked harder, been put in prison more often, been whipped times without number, and faced death again and again.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:24 - Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:25 - Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:26 - I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:27 - I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:28 - Then, besides all this, I have the daily burden of my concern for all the churches.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:29 - Who is weak without my feeling that weakness? Who is led astray, and I do not burn with anger?
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:30 - If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:31 - God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, who is worthy of eternal praise, knows I am not lying.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:32 - When I was in Damascus, the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the city gates to catch me.
Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:33 - I had to be lowered in a basket through a window in the city wall to escape from him.
NLT Footnotes
Greek a virgin.
Greek Achaia, the southern region of the Greek peninsula.
Greek from false brothers.

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