Paul Defends His Apostleship

1 I wish that you would 1bear with me in a little 2foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me.

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2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I 3betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might 4present you as a pure virgin.

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3 But I am afraid that, as the 5serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.
4 For if one comes and preaches 6another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a 7different spirit which you have not received, or a 8different gospel which you have not accepted, you 9bear this 10beautifully.

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    • b 11:4 - Lit "the one who comes preaches"
      5 For I consider myself 11not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.

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      6 But even if I am 12unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in 13knowledge; in fact, in every way we have 14made this evident to you in all things.

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      7 Or 15did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the 16gospel of God to you 17without charge?

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      8 I robbed other churches by 18taking wages from them to serve you;

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      9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was 19not a burden to anyone; for when 20the brethren came from 21Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from 22being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.

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      10 23As the truth of Christ is in me, 24this boasting of mine * will not be stopped in the regions of 25Achaia.
      11 Why *? 26Because I do not love you? 27God knows I do!
      12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, 28so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.

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      14 No wonder, for even 31Satan disguises himself as an 32angel of light.

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      15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, 33whose end will be according to their deeds.

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      16 34Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.

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      17 What I am saying, I am not saying 35as the Lord would, but as 36in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.

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        • f 11:17 - Lit "in accordance with the Lord"
          18 Since 37many boast 38according to the flesh, I will boast also.

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          19 For you, 39being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.

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          21 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 am just as bold myself.
          22 Are they 49Hebrews? 50So am I. Are they 51Israelites? 52So am I. Are they 53descendants of Abraham? 54So am I.

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          23 Are they 55servants of Christ?-I speak as if insane -I more so; in 56far more labors, in 57far more imprisonments, 58beaten times without number, often in 59danger of death.

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            • h 11:23 - Lit "more abundant"
            • i 11:23 - Lit "more abundant"
            • j 11:23 - Lit "exceedingly in stripes"
              24 Five times I received from the Jews 60thirty-nine * * lashes.

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              25 Three times I was 61beaten with rods, once I was 62stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

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              27 I have been in 67labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in 68hunger and thirst, often 69without food, in cold and 70exposure.

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                • k 11:27 - Lit "often in wakefulness"
                • l 11:27 - Lit "nakedness;" i.e. lack of clothing
                  28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily * pressure on me of concern for 71all the churches.

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                    • m 11:28 - Or "the things unmentioned"
                      29 Who is 72weak without * my being weak? Who is led into sin without * my intense concern?

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                        • n 11:29 - Lit "made to stumble"
                        • o 11:29 - Lit "and I do not burn"
                          30 If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my 73weakness.

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                          31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, 74He who is blessed forever, 75knows that I am not lying.

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                          32 In 76Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was 77guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,

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                          33 and I was let down in a basket 78through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands.

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                            • p 11:33 - Lit "through"