I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool.2 But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.
In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would,3 but as a fool.418
Since many are boasting in the way the world does,5 I too will boast.619
You gladly put up with7 fools since you are so wise!820
In fact, you even put up with9 anyone who enslaves you10 or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.
To my shame I admit that we were too weak11 for that! What anyone else dares to boast about--I am speaking as a fool--I also dare to boast about.1222
Are they Hebrews? So am I.13 Are they Israelites? So am I.14 Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I.1523
Are they servants of Christ?16 (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,17 been in prison more frequently,18 been flogged more severely,19 and been exposed to death again and again.2024
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes21 minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods,22 once I was stoned,23 three times I was shipwrecked,24 I spent a night and a day in the open sea,