1 Would that ye would bear with me [in] a little folly; but indeed bear with me.
2 For I am jealous as to you with a jealousy [which is] of God; for I have espoused you unto one man, to present [you] a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear lest by any means, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craft, [so] your thoughts should be corrupted from simplicity as to the Christ.

References for 2 Corinthians 11:3

    • a 11:3 - 'Simplicity' here refers, not to a personal trait, but to the doctrine as to Christ; what a faithful heart retained in simplicity, as taught in the truth. To say 'which [is] in the Christ,' is too much as if it were in Christ himself, not the doctrine.
      4 For if indeed he that comes preaches another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or ye get a different Spirit, which ye have not got, or a different glad tidings, which ye have not received, ye might well bear with [it].
      5 For I reckon that in nothing I am behind those who are in surpassing degree apostles.
      6 But if [I am] a simple person in speech, yet not in knowledge, but in everything making [the truth] manifest in all things to you.

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        • b 11:6 - As 'uninstructed,' Acts 4.13.
        • c 11:6 - Or 'before you.'
          7 Have I committed sin, abasing myself in order that *ye* might be exalted, because I gratuitously announced to you the glad tidings of God?
          8 I spoiled other assemblies, receiving hire for ministry towards you.

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            • d 11:8 - Diakonia: see Note, 1Cor. 4.1.
              9 And being present with you and lacking, I did not lazily burden any one, (for the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied what I lacked,) and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will keep myself.
              10 [The] truth of Christ is in me that this boasting shall not be stopped as to me in the regions of Achaia.
              11 Why? because I do not love you? God knows.
              12 But what I do, I will also do, that I may cut off the opportunity of those wishing [for] an opportunity, that wherein they boast they may be found even as we.
              13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
              14 And [it is] not wonderful, for Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
              15 It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also transform themselves as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
              16 Again I say, Let not any one think me to be a fool; but if otherwise, receive me then even as a fool, that *I* also may boast myself some little.
              17 What I speak I do not speak according to [the] Lord, but as in folly, in this confidence of boasting.
              18 Since many boast according to flesh, *I* also will boast.
              19 For ye bear fools readily, being wise.
              20 For ye bear if any one bring you into bondage, if any one devour [you], if any one get [your money], if any one exalt himself, if any one beat you on the face.
              21 I speak as to dishonour, as though *we* had been weak; but wherein any one is daring, (I speak in folly,) *I* also am daring.
              22 Are they Hebrews? *I* also. Are they Israelites? *I* also. Are they seed of Abraham? *I* also.
              23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as being beside myself) *I* above measure [so]; in labours exceedingly abundant, in stripes to excess, in prisons exceedingly abundant, in deaths oft.

              References for 2 Corinthians 11:23

                • e 11:23 - Diakonos: see Note. 1Cor. 4.1.
                • f 11:23 - The word here translated 'above measure' is so used constantly by the apostle, though not indeed separated from the word it refers to. But I do not find that it is used adverbially for 'more than;' and the expression 'as being beside myself' seems to refer to the extra-ordinariness of what he was saying, for he felt that to say 'minister of Christ' was to say all that was excellent. Hence he does not repeat 'in folly,' but says 'as being beside myself,' 'wandering quite away from a right mind.' His own heart did not allow him to say he was 'minister of Christ' without judging the expression, though forced to use it for these foolish Corinthians. The word translated 'exceedingly abundant' is not really a comparison, and the words translated 'to excess' and 'oft' show that no comparison with others is instituted. He left his miserable competitor far behind, and his soul turned back with true heartfelt satisfaction to all he had undergone for Christ. His folly is given to us for gain by God. However, if anyone prefer 'more than they' or 'beyond them' to 'above measure,' in result the sense is not altered, though, it seems to me, feebler and more disjointed.
                  24 From the Jews five times have I received forty [stripes], save one.

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                    • g 11:24 - * See Deut. 25.3.
                      25 Thrice have I been scourged, once I have been stoned, three times I have suffered shipwreck, a night and day I passed in the deep:
                      26 in journeyings often, in perils of rivers, in perils of robbers, in perils from [my own] race, in perils from [the] nations, in perils in [the] city, in perils in [the] desert, in perils on [the] sea, in perils among false brethren;
                      27 in labour and toil, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

                      References for 2 Corinthians 11:27

                        • h 11:27 - See same words in 1Thess. 2.9; 2Thess. 3.8.
                          28 Besides those things that are without, the crowd [of cares] pressing on me daily, the burden of all the assemblies.

                          References for 2 Corinthians 11:28

                            • i 11:28 - 'Burden' here means any solicitude or anxiety, but 'care' misleads, because it conveys the idea of taking care of, which is not the sense. Same word as 'anxious care,' Matt. 13.22, and 'care,' 1Pet. 5.7.
                              29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is stumbled, and I burn not?
                              30 If it is needful to boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.
                              31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus knows -- he who is blessed for ever -- that I do not lie.
                              32 In Damascus the ethnarch of Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes shut up, wishing to take me;

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                                • j 11:32 - i.e. the governor of the province.
                                  33 and through a window in a basket I was let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

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                                    • k 11:33 - Or 'through,' dia.