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1 Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly -- and indeed you do bear with me. 1 I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one Husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 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 fear lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in 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 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit which ye have not received, or another gospel which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. 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 For I consider myself not a whit lower than the very chiefest apostles. 5 But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles."
6 Though I am rude in speech, yet I am not in knowledge; for we have been made thoroughly manifest among you in all things. 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 Have I committed an offense in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the Gospel of God without charge? 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 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to do you service. 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you.
9 And when I was present with you and was in want, I was burdensome to no man, for that which I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied; and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so will I keep myself. 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 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine.
11 Why so? Because I love you not? God knoweth! 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
12 But what I do, that I will continue to do, that I may cut off occasion from those who desire occasion, that wherein they glory they may be found even as we. 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 such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
16 I say again, let no man think me a fool. But if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast of myself 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 (That which I now speak, I speak it not from the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence as boasting. 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.
18 Since many glory in the flesh, I will glory also.) 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise! 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!
20 For ye suffer if a man bring you into bondage, or if a man devour you, if a man take from you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite 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 speak as reproached, as though we had been weak. However it be, whereinsoever anyone is bold (I speak foolishly), I am bold also. 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 the seed 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 ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more -- in labors more abundant, in stripes beyond measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths often. 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 five times I received forty stripes less one. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned; thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day adrift in the deep; 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 in journeyings often, in perils from waters, in perils from robbers, in perils from mine own countrymen, in perils from the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 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 in weariness and painfulness, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 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 Besides those things which are external, there is that which cometh upon me daily: the care 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 offended, and I burn not? 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?
30 If I must glory, I will glory in the things which concern mine infirmities. 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, who is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not. 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 Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous 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 I was let down by the wall in a basket through a window, and escaped his hands. 33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.