2 Corinthians 11 WNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 I wish you could have borne with a little foolish boasting on my part. Nay, do bear with me. 1 I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that.
2 I am jealous over you with God's own jealousy. For I have betrothed you to Christ to present you to Him like a faithful bride to her one husband. 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent in his craftiness deceived Eve, so your minds may be led astray from their single-heartedness and their fidelity to Christ. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
4 If indeed some visitor is proclaiming among you another Jesus whom we did not proclaim, or if you are receiving a Spirit different from the One you have already received or a Good News different from that which you have already welcomed, your toleration is admirable! 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
5 Why, I reckon myself in no respect inferior to those superlatively great Apostles. 5 But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles."
6 And if in the matter of speech I am no orator, yet in knowledge I am not deficient. Nay, we have in every way made that fully evident to you. 6 I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.
7 Is it a sin that I abased myself in order for you to be exalted, in that I proclaimed God's Good News to you without fee or reward? 7 Was it a sin for me to lower myself in order to elevate you by preaching the gospel of God to you free of charge?
8 Other Churches I robbed, receiving pay from them in order to do you service. 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.
9 And when I was with you and my resources failed, there was no one to whom I became a burden--for the brethren when they came from Macedonia fully supplied my wants--and I kept myself from being in the least a burden to you, and will do so still. 9 And when I was with you and needed something, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied what I needed. I have kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.
10 Christ knows that it is true when I say that I will not be stopped from boasting of this anywhere in Greece. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine.
11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows that I do. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 But I will persist in the same line of conduct in order to cut the ground from under the feet of those who desire an opportunity of getting themselves recognized as being on a level with us in the matters about which they boast. 12 And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about.
13 For men of this stamp are sham apostles, dishonest workmen, assuming the garb of Apostles of Christ. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder. Satan, their master, can disguise himself as an angel of light. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
15 It is therefore no great thing for his servants also to disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will be in accordance with their actions. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
16 To return to what I was saying. Let no one suppose that I am foolish. Or if you must, at any rate make allowance for me as being foolish, in order that I, as well as they, may boast a little. 16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.
17 What I am now saying, I do not say by the Lord's command, but as a fool in his folly might, in this reckless boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.
18 Since many boast for merely human reasons, I too will boast. 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.
19 Wise as you yourselves are, you find pleasure in tolerating fools. 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!
20 For you tolerate it, if any one enslaves you, lives at your expense, makes off with your property, gives himself airs, or strikes you on the face. 20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or pushes himself forward or slaps you in the face.
21 I use the language of self-disparagement, as though I were admitting our own feebleness. Yet for whatever reason any one is `courageous' --I speak in mere folly--I also am courageous. 21 To my shame I admit that we were too weak for that! What anyone else dares to boast about--I am speaking as a fool--I also dare to boast about.
22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I.
23 Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as if I were out of my mind.) Much more am I His servant; serving Him more thoroughly than they by my labours, and more thoroughly also by my imprisonments, by excessively cruel floggings, and with risk of life many a time. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again.
24 From the Jews I five times have received forty lashes all but one. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Three times I have been beaten with Roman rods, once I have been stoned, three times I have been shipwrecked, once for full four and twenty hours I was floating on the open sea. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea,
26 I have served Him by frequent travelling, amid dangers in crossing rivers, dangers from robbers; dangers from my own countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles; dangers in the city, dangers in the Desert, dangers by sea, dangers from spies in our midst; 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, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false brothers.
27 with labour and toil, with many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, in frequent fastings, in cold, and with insufficient clothing. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked.
28 And besides other things, which I pass over, there is that which presses on me daily--my anxiety for all the Churches. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led astray into sin, and I am not aflame with indignation? 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
30 If boast I must, it shall be of things which display my weakness. 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ--He who is blessed throughout the Ages--knows that I am speaking the truth. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.
32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas kept guards at the gates of the city in order to apprehend me, 32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.
33 but through an opening in the wall I was let down in a basket, and so escaped his hands. 33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.