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2 Corinthians, Chapter 11

11:1 Would that you+ could bear with me in a little foolishness: but indeed you+ do bear with me.
11:2 For I am jealous over you+ with a godly jealousy: for I espoused you+ to one husband, that I might present you+ [as] a pure virgin to Christ.
11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your+ minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.
11:4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we did not preach, or you+ receive a different spirit which you+ did not receive, or a different good news which you+ did not accept, you+ endure well.
11:5 For I reckon that I am not a bit behind the very chiefest apostles.
11:6 But though [I am] unskilled in speaking, yet [I am] not [unskilled] in knowledge; certainly, in every way we have made [this] manifest to you+ in all things.
11:7 Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that you+ might be exalted, because I preached to you+ the good news of God for nothing?
11:8 I robbed other churches, taking wages to serve you+;
11:9 and when I was present with you+ and was in want, I was not a burden on any man; for the brothers, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want; and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you+, and [so] I will keep [myself].
11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man will stop me of this glorying in the regions of Achaia.
11:11 Why? Because I do not love you+? God knows.
11:12 But what I do, I will continue to do, that I may cut off occasion from those who desire an occasion; that in what they glory, they may be found even as we.
11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.
11:14 And no wonder; for even Satan fashions himself into an angel of light.
11:15 It is no great thing therefore if his servants also fashion themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
11:16 I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if [you+ do], yet receive me as foolish, that I also may glory a little.
11:17 That which I speak, I don't speak after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying.
11:18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
11:19 For you+ bear with the foolish gladly, being wise [yourselves].
11:20 For you+ bear with a man, if he brings you+ into slavery, if he devours you+, if he takes you+ [captive], if he exalts himself, if he strikes you+ on the face.
11:21 I speak by way of shame, as though we had been weak. Yet in what any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also.
11:22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
11:23 Are they servants of Christ? (I speak as one beside himself) I more; in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths often.
11:24 Of the Jews five times I received forty [stripes] less one.
11:25 Thrice I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
11:26 [in] journeyings often, [in] perils of rivers, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils from [my] countrymen, [in] perils from the Gentiles, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brothers;
11:27 [in] labor and travail, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fasts often, in cold and nakedness.
11:28 Besides those things that are outside, there is that which presses on me daily, anxiety for all the churches.
11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I do not burn [with distress]?
11:30 If I must surely glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness.
11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forevermore knows that I do not lie.
11:32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me:
11:33 and through a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.

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