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2 Corinthians 11

MSG 1 Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? Please, just for a moment. NIV 1 I hope you will put up with a little of my foolishness; but you are already doing that. MSG 2 The thing that has me so upset is that I care about you so much - this is the passion of God burning inside me! I promised your hand in marriage to Christ, presented you as a pure virgin to her husband. NIV 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. MSG 3 And now I'm afraid that exactly as the Snake seduced Eve with his smooth patter, you are being lured away from the simple purity of your love for Christ. NIV 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. MSG 4 It seems that if someone shows up preaching quite another Jesus than we preached - different spirit, different message - you put up with him quite nicely. NIV 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. MSG 5 But if you put up with these big-shot "apostles," why can't you put up with simple me? I'm as good as they are. NIV 5 But I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles." MSG 6 It's true that I don't have their voice, haven't mastered that smooth eloquence that impresses you so much. But when I do open my mouth, I at least know what I'm talking about. We haven't kept anything back. We let you in on everything. NIV 6 I may not be a trained speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way. MSG 7 I wonder, did I make a bad mistake in proclaiming God's Message to you without asking for something in return, serving you free of charge so that you wouldn't be inconvenienced by me? NIV 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? MSG 8 It turns out that the other churches paid my way so that you could have a free ride. NIV 8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so as to serve you. MSG 9 Not once during the time I lived among you did anyone have to lift a finger to help me out. My needs were always supplied by the Christians from Macedonia province. I was careful never to be a burden to you, and I never will be, you can count on it. NIV 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. MSG 10 With Christ as my witness, it's a point of honor with me, and I'm not going to keep it quiet just to protect you from what the neighbors will think. NIV 10 As surely as the truth of Christ is in me, nobody in the regions of Achaia will stop this boasting of mine. MSG 11 It's not that I don't love you; God knows I do. NIV 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! MSG 12 I'm just trying to keep things open and honest between us. NIV 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. MSG 13 They're a sorry bunch - pseudo-apostles, lying preachers, crooked workers - posing as Christ's agents but sham to the core. NIV 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. MSG 14 And no wonder! Satan does it all the time, dressing up as a beautiful angel of light. NIV 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. MSG 15 So it shouldn't surprise us when his servants masquerade as servants of God. But they're not getting by with anything. They'll pay for it in the end. Many a Long and Lonely Night NIV 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. MSG 16 Let me come back to where I started - and don't hold it against me if I continue to sound a little foolish. Or if you'd rather, just accept that I am a fool and let me rant on a little. NIV 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. MSG 17 I didn't learn this kind of talk from Christ. NIV 17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool. MSG 18 Oh, no, it's a bad habit I picked up from the three-ring preachers that are so popular these days. NIV 18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast. MSG 19 Since you sit there in the judgment seat observing all these shenanigans, you can afford to humor an occasional fool who happens along. NIV 19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise! MSG 20 You have such admirable tolerance for impostors who rob your freedom, rip you off, steal you blind, put you down - even slap your face! NIV 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. MSG 21 I shouldn't admit it to you, but our stomachs aren't strong enough to tolerate that kind of stuff. NIV 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. MSG 22 Do they brag of being Hebrews, Israelites, the pure race of Abraham? I'm their match. NIV 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham's descendants? So am I. MSG 23 Are they servants of Christ? I can go them one better. (I can't believe I'm saying these things. It's crazy to talk this way! But I started, and I'm going to finish.) NIV 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. MSG 24 I've been flogged five times with the Jews' thirty-nine lashes, NIV 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. MSG 25 beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I've been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. NIV 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, MSG 26 In hard traveling year in and year out, I've had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I've been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. NIV 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. MSG 27 I've known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather. NIV 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. MSG 28 And that's not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. NIV 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. MSG 29 When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel the desperation in my bones. When someone is duped into sin, an angry fire burns in my gut. NIV 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn? MSG 30 If I have to "brag" about myself, I'll brag about the humiliations that make me like Jesus. NIV 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. MSG 31 The eternal and blessed God and Father of our Master Jesus knows I'm not lying. NIV 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying. MSG 32 Remember the time I was in Damascus and the governor of King Aretas posted guards at the city gates to arrest me? NIV 32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. MSG 33 I crawled through a window in the wall, was let down in a basket, and had to run for my life. NIV 33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.