2 Corinthians 11:16-33 NIV

Paul Boasts About His Sufferings

16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate 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, but as a fool.

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

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

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          20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face.

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              21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about.

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              22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I.

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

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

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                  25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,

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                  26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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