2 Corinthians 11:16-33 NIV

Paul Boasts About His Sufferings

16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool.1 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,2 but as a fool.3

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      18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does,4 I too will boast.5

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      19 You gladly put up with6 fools since you are so wise!7

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          20 In fact, you even put up with8 anyone who enslaves you9 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 weak10 for that! What anyone else dares to boast about--I am speaking as a fool--I also dare to boast about.11

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              22 Are they Hebrews? So am I.12 Are they Israelites? So am I.13 Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I.14

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                  23 Are they servants of Christ?15 (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,16 been in prison more frequently,17 been flogged more severely,18 and been exposed to death again and again.19

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                  24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes20 minus one.

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                  25 Three times I was beaten with rods,21 once I was stoned,22 three times I was shipwrecked,23 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 own countrymen,24 in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city,25 in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.26

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                  27 I have labored and toiled27 and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food;28 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.29

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                  29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak?30 Who is led into sin,31 and I do not inwardly burn?

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                  30 If I must boast, I will boast32 of the things that show my weakness.33

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                  31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever,34 knows35 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.36

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                      33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.37

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