I wish that you would 1bear with me in a little2foolishness; but aindeed you are bearing with me.
For I amjealous for you with a godlyjealousy; for I 3betrothed you to onehusband, so that to Christ I might 4present you as a purevirgin.
But I amafraid that, as the 5serpentdeceivedEve by his craftiness, your minds will be ledastray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
For ifbone comes and preaches6anotherJesuswhom we have not preached, or you receive a 7differentspiritwhich you have not received, or a 8differentgospelwhich you have not accepted, you 9bear this 10beautifully.
For I consider myself 11not in the leastinferior to the cmosteminentapostles.
But evenif I am 12unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in 13knowledge; in fact, in everyway we have 14made this evident to you in allthings.
7Or15did I commit a sin in humblingmyselfso that you might be exalted, because I preached the 16gospel of God to you 17withoutcharge?
I robbedotherchurches by 18takingwages from them to serve you;
and when I was present with you and was in need, I was 19not a burden to anyone; for when 20the brethrencame from 21Macedonia they fullysupplied my need, and in everything I keptmyself from 22being a burden to you, dand will continue to do so.
1023As the truth of Christ is in me, 24thisboasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of 25Achaia.
11Why ? 26Because I do not love you? 27Godknows I do!
But what I am doing I will continue to do, 28so that I may cutoffopportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be eregardedjust as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.
For suchmen are 29falseapostles, 30deceitfulworkers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.
14Nowonder, for even31Satandisguises himself as an 32angel of light.
15Therefore it is not surprisingif his servantsalsodisguise themselves as servants of righteousness, 33whoseend will be according to their deeds.
1634Again I say, let noonethink me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.
17What I am saying, I am not sayingf35as the Lord would, but as 36in foolishness, in thisconfidence of boasting.
18Since37manyboast38according to the flesh, I will boastalso.
For you, 39being so wise, tolerate the foolishgladly.
For you tolerate it ifanyone40enslaves you, anyone41devours you, anyone42takes advantage of you, anyone43exalts himself, anyone44hits you in the face.
To my 45shame I must say that we have been 46weak by comparison. But in whatever respect anyone else 47is bold -I 48speak in foolishness -I amjust as boldmyself.
Are they 49Hebrews? 50So am I. Are they 51Israelites? 52So am I. Are they g53descendants of Abraham? 54So am I.
Are they 55servants of Christ?-I speak as if insane -I moreso; in h56farmorelabors, in i57farmoreimprisonments, j58beatentimeswithoutnumber, often in 59danger of death.
24Fivetimes I received from the Jews60thirty-nine lashes.
25Threetimes I was 61beaten with rods, once I was 62stoned, threetimes I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.
I have been on frequentjourneys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my 63countrymen, dangers from the 64Gentiles, dangers in the 65city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangersamong66falsebrethren;
I have been in 67labor and hardship, kthroughmanysleeplessnights, in 68hunger and thirst, often69withoutfood, in cold and l70exposure.
28Apart from such mexternal things, there is the dailypressure on me of concern for 71all the churches.
29Who is 72weakwithout my being weak? Who is nled into sinowithout my intenseconcern?
30If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my 73weakness.
The God and Father of the LordJesus, 74He who is blessedforever, 75knows that I am not lying.
In 76Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was 77guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,
and I was letdown in a basket78through a windowpin the wall, and so escaped his hands.