2 Corinthians 11:30

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

2 Corinthians 11:30 in Other Translations

30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
30 If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.
30 If I have to "brag" about myself, I'll brag about the humiliations that make me like Jesus.
30 If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses.

2 Corinthians 11:30 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 11:30

If I must needs glory
The apostle signifies that glorying was not agreeable to him; he was not fond of it, it was a subject he did not delight to dwell upon; what he had done was by force, and through necessity; he was compelled to it by the boasts of the false apostles: and since he must needs glory in order to stop their mouths;

I will glory,
says he, of things which concern mine infirmities; meaning not his sins, for these cause shame; but his afflictions and sufferings for Christ, under which he was supported, and from which he was delivered by the power of Christ; and that was the reason he chose to glory of them; for though they rendered him mean and despicable in the eyes of the world, yet his bearing them with so much patience, courage, and pleasure, and his many singular deliverances out of them, served greatly to illustrate the power and grace of Christ, and at the same time proved him to be a true and faithful minister of the Gospel; to whom so much honour was vouchsafed, as to suffer shame for the name of Christ, and to be so singularly marked out by him, as the object of his favour, love, and care.

2 Corinthians 11:30 In-Context

28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
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 boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
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 King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me.

Cross References 2

  • 1. ver 16; Galatians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 12:5,9
  • 2. S 1 Corinthians 2:3
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