2 Corinthians 11:17

17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.

2 Corinthians 11:17 in Other Translations

17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not with the Lord's authority but as a fool.
17 Such boasting is not from the Lord, but I am acting like a fool.
17 I didn't learn this kind of talk from Christ.
17 What I say in this matter of boasting, I don't speak as the Lord would, but foolishly.

2 Corinthians 11:17 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 11:17

That which I speak
Meaning in vindication and commendation of himself, on this subject of glorying; or, as here expressed,

in this confidence of boasting;
for which he thought he had good ground and foundation to go upon, and therefore might express himself with the greatest assurance, see ( 2 Corinthians 9:4 ) this he declares he spoke not as from the Lord, but of himself:

I speak it not after the Lord;
or "Christ", as some copies read; or "our Lord", as the Syriac version; his sense is, that he did not then speak as an apostle, or one sent by Christ; he put off this character for the present, and took that of a fool upon him, that he might speak the more freely to the Corinthians, and the more severely against the false apostles; he did not pretend to any express command from Christ for so doing, or that he acted in imitation of him, who was meek and lowly; or that what he said came from the Spirit of the Lord; or, indeed, that it was agreeably to his own Spirit, and the principles of grace formed in him; but was obliged to it, through the boasts of the false apostles; which though it was not criminal and unlawful, but necessary, right, and proper, considering the reasons of it, the end for which, and the intention and view with which it was done; yet viewing the form and manner of this boasting, without attending to the circumstances of it, it had the appearance of folly: wherefore the apostle says, he spoke not as according to the commandment, or example of his Lord; or according to the Spirit of the Lord, or his own Spirit, as renewed by his grace:

but as it were foolishly;
he does not say that what he said was foolishness, but it looked like it, and would be deemed so by such who were strangers to the true springs of it.

2 Corinthians 11:17 In-Context

15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.
16 I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.
17 In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.
18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.
19 You gladly put up with fools since you are so wise!

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