2 Corinthians 11 NIV

Paul and the False Apostles

1 I hope you will put up with1 a little of my foolishness;2 but you are already doing that.

References for 2 Corinthians 11:1

      2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband,3 to Christ, so that I might present you4 as a pure virgin to him.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:2

      3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning,5 your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:3

      4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached,6 or if you receive a different spirit7 from the one you received, or a different gospel8 from the one you accepted, you put up with it9 easily enough.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:4

      5 But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles."10

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:5

      6 I may not be a trained speaker,11 but I do have knowledge.12 We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:6

      7 Was it a sin13 for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God14 to you free of charge?15

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:7

      8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them16 so as to serve you.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:8

      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.17 I have kept myself from being a burden to you18 in any way, and will continue to do so.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:9

      10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me,19 nobody in the regions of Achaia20 will stop this boasting21 of mine.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:10

      11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows22 I do!23

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:11

      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.
      13 For such men are false apostles,24 deceitful25 workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.26

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:13

      14 And no wonder, for Satan27 himself masquerades as an angel of light.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:14

      15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.28

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:15

      Paul Boasts About His Sufferings

      16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool.29 But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.

      References for 2 Corinthians 11:16

          17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would,30 but as a fool.31

          References for 2 Corinthians 11:17

          18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does,32 I too will boast.33

          References for 2 Corinthians 11:18

          19 You gladly put up with34 fools since you are so wise!35

          References for 2 Corinthians 11:19

              20 In fact, you even put up with36 anyone who enslaves you37 or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.

              References for 2 Corinthians 11:20

                  21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak38 for that! What anyone else dares to boast about--I am speaking as a fool--I also dare to boast about.39

                  References for 2 Corinthians 11:21

                  22 Are they Hebrews? So am I.40 Are they Israelites? So am I.41 Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I.42

                  References for 2 Corinthians 11:22

                      23 Are they servants of Christ?43 (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,44 been in prison more frequently,45 been flogged more severely,46 and been exposed to death again and again.47

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:23

                      24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes48 minus one.

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:24

                      25 Three times I was beaten with rods,49 once I was stoned,50 three times I was shipwrecked,51 I spent a night and a day in the open sea,

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:25

                      26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen,52 in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city,53 in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.54

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:26

                      27 I have labored and toiled55 and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food;56 I have been cold and naked.

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:27

                      28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.57

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:28

                      29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak?58 Who is led into sin,59 and I do not inwardly burn?

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:29

                      30 If I must boast, I will boast60 of the things that show my weakness.61

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:30

                      31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever,62 knows63 that I am not lying.

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:31

                          32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.64

                          References for 2 Corinthians 11:32

                          33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.65

                          References for 2 Corinthians 11:33