Are they Hebrews? So am I.1 Are they Israelites? So am I.2 Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I.323
Are they servants of Christ?4 (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder,5 been in prison more frequently,6 been flogged more severely,7 and been exposed to death again and again.824
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes9 minus one.
Three times I was beaten with rods,10 once I was stoned,11 three times I was shipwrecked,12 I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen,13 in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city,14 in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.1527
I have labored and toiled16 and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food;17 I have been cold and naked.
Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.1829
Who is weak, and I do not feel weak?19 Who is led into sin,20 and I do not inwardly burn?
If I must boast, I will boast21 of the things that show my weakness.2231
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever,23 knows24 that I am not lying.
In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.2533
But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.26