2 Corinthians 11:18

18 Since many are boasting in the way the world does, I too will boast.

2 Corinthians 11:18 in Other Translations

18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast.
18 And since others boast about their human achievements, I will, too.
18 Oh, no, it's a bad habit I picked up from the three-ring preachers that are so popular these days.
18 Since many boast from a human perspective, I will also boast.

2 Corinthians 11:18 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 11:18

Seeing that many glory after the flesh
Or with respect to things external, such as their high birth and parentage, carnal descent, circumcision, learned education, and the like; of which the false apostles, being Jews, boasted, who it seems were many; and though a multitude is not to be followed to do evil, yet the apostle thought, that since there were so many who were indulged by this church in this way, he might be allowed to boast also of such like things, so far as he could with truth and a good conscience, and in order to secure some valuable ends:

I will glory also;
for he was of the seed of Abraham as well as they, of the stock of Israel, and tribe of Benjamin, circumcised the eighth day, and brought up at the feet of Gamaliel; but these are not all the things he could, and would, and did glory of; he gloried of these, and of others besides them, which the false apostles could not, and thereby proved himself to be superior to them, even in external things, of which they bragged so much.

2 Corinthians 11:18 In-Context

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!
20 In fact, you even put up with anyone who enslaves you or exploits you or takes advantage of you or puts on airs or slaps you in the face.

Cross References 2

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 5:16; 2 Corinthians 10:4
  • 2. ver 21; Philippians 3:3,4
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