2 Corinthians 11:1

Paul and the False Apostles

1 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!

2 Corinthians 11:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
ESV
1 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me!
NLT
1 I hope you will put up with a little more of my foolishness. Please bear with me.
MSG
1 Will you put up with a little foolish aside from me? Please, just for a moment.
CSB
1 I wish you would put up with a little foolishness from me. Yes, do put up with me.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 11:1

Would to God you could bear with me a little
The false apostles boasted so much of their gifts, abilities, and usefulness, that the apostle found himself under a necessity of saying some things in his own defence, for the honour of God, and the good of this church; which otherwise his modesty would not have permitted him, and which he saw would be accounted and censured as folly in him by others; and therefore he entreats their patience a little while, and that they would suffer him to say a few things in vindication of his character, and not be offended; though it would be in commendation of himself, which, were he not forced to, would look vain and foolish: and therefore says,

bear with me a little in my folly,
and which he presses with importunity,

and indeed bear with me;
he insists upon it, he urges it as what he must not be denied in; for could he have avoided it, he would not have done it; but such was the case, that if he did not do it, he must greatly suffer in his character and usefulness; the members of this church would be in great danger from these false apostles, and the honour and glory of Christ lay greatly at stake; which when considered, he hoped his request would be granted: the last clause may be rendered, but also ye do bear with me; signifying that they had done so already, and continued to do so, and therefore he could not but encourage himself, that they still would bear with him a little longer, and in a few things more.

2 Corinthians 11:1 In-Context

1 I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me!
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 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 someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 4,19,20; Matthew 17:17
  • 2. ver 16,17,21; 2 Corinthians 5:13