2 Corinthians 11:5

5 I do not think I am in the least inferior to those “super-apostles.”[a]

2 Corinthians 11:5 in Other Translations

5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
5 Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles.
5 But I don’t consider myself inferior in any way to these “super apostles” who teach such things.
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.
5 Now I consider myself in no way inferior to the "super-apostles."

2 Corinthians 11:5 Meaning and Commentary

2 Corinthians 11:5

For I suppose I was not a whit behind
This is very modestly expressed by the apostle; for he does not assert, and in a haughty and confident way affirm, but only supposes, or thinks that this might be admitted, that he was not inferior to, or did not come short of, in gifts, grace, and usefulness,

the very chiefest of the apostles:
such as Peter, James, and John; who seemed to be pillars, were eminent apostles, of great note among them, and such as Christ, in the days of his flesh, took particular notice of. This he says, not to exalt himself, but to show, how weakly and injudiciously the Corinthians acted in setting up the false apostle above him; or else these words are spoken ironically, and design the false teachers, who vaunted so much of their gifts, learning, eloquence, and usefulness; and extolled themselves at such a rate, as if they were (uper lian apostolwn) , "greatly above the apostles"; and therefore he jeeringly calls them

the very chiefest of
them; and yet thinks fit to put himself at least, upon an equality with them: one manuscript reads, "the chiefest of the apostles among you"; and the Ethiopic version seems to have read you.

2 Corinthians 11:5 In-Context

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.”
6 I may indeed be untrained as a speaker, but I do have knowledge. We have made this perfectly clear to you in every way.
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?

Cross References 1

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 12:11; Galatians 2:6

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "to the most eminent apostles"
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