2 Corinthians 11:15-25 NIV

15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.1

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Paul Boasts About His Sufferings

16 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.

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      17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would,3 but as a fool.4

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      18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does,5 I too will boast.6

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      19 You gladly put up with7 fools since you are so wise!8

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          20 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.

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              21 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.12

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              22 Are they Hebrews? So am I.13 Are they Israelites? So am I.14 Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I.15

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                  23 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.20

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                  24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes21 minus one.

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                  25 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,

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