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2 Corinthians 11 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:1 - I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:2 - I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:3 - But 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.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:4 - For if some one comes and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, 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 submit to it readily enough.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:5 - I think that I am not in the least inferior to these superlative apostles.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:6 - Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not in knowledge; in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:7 - Did I commit a sin in abasing myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God's gospel without cost to you?

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:8 - I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:9 - And when I was with you and was in want, I did not burden any one, for my needs were supplied by the brethren who came from Macedo'nia. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:10 - As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast of mine shall not be silenced in the regions of Acha'ia.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:11 - And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:12 - And what I do 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.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:13 - For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, 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 - So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:16 - I 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.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:17 - (What I am saying I say not with the Lord's authority but as a fool, in this boastful confidence;

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:18 - since many boast of worldly things, I too will boast.)

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:19 - For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves!

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:20 - For you bear it if a man makes slaves of you, or preys upon you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:21 - To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that! But whatever any one dares to boast of--I am speaking as a fool--I also dare to boast of that.

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 am a better one--I am talking like a madman--with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:24 - Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:25 - Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been adrift at sea;

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:26 - on 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 brethren;

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:27 - in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:28 - And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:29 - Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?

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, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I do not lie.

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:32 - At Damascus, the governor under King Ar'etas guarded the city of Damascus in order to seize me,

Unchecked Copy Box2Co 11:33 - but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped his hands.

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