2 Corinthians 11



Paul Defends His Apostleship

1 I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me.

1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

1 I wish you would tolerate a little of my foolishness. Yes, please tolerate me!

1 I wish you would bear with me while I indulge in a little [so-called] foolishness. Do bear with me!

2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.

2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

2 I am jealous of you with God's own jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to the Messiah.

2 For I am zealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy, for I have betrothed you to one Husband, to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

3 But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.

3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

3 However, I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by its tricks, so your minds may somehow be lured away from sincere and pure devotion to the Messiah.

3 But [now] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

4 For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully.

4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

4 For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.

4 For [you seem readily to endure it] if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the [Spirit] you [once] received or a different gospel from the one you [then] received and welcomed; you tolerate [all that] well enough!

5 For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.

5 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.

5 I do not think I'm inferior in any way to those "super-apostles."

5 Yet I consider myself as in no way inferior to these [precious] extra-super [false] apostles.

6 But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this evident to you in all things.

6 But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.

6 Even though I may be untrained as an orator, I am not so in the field of knowledge. We have made this clear to all of you in every possible way.

6 But even if [I am] unskilled in speaking, yet [I am] not [unskilled] in knowledge [I know what I am talking about]; we have made this evident to you in all things.

7 Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?

7 Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?

7 Did I commit a sin when I humbled myself by proclaiming to you the gospel of God free of charge, so that you could be exalted?

7 But did I perhaps make a mistake and do you a wrong in debasing and cheapening myself so that you might be exalted and enriched in dignity and honor and happiness by preaching God's Gospel without expense to you?

8 I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you;

8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.

8 I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.

8 Other churches I have robbed by accepting [more than their share of] support for my ministry [from them in order] to serve you.

9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.

9 And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.

9 When I was with you and needed something, I did not bother any of you, because our brothers who came from Macedonia supplied everything I needed. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and I will continue to do so.

9 And when I was with you and ran short financially, I did not burden any [of you], for what I lacked was abundantly made up by the brethren who came from Macedonia. So I kept myself from being burdensome to you in any way, and will continue to keep [myself from being so].

10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.

10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.

10 As surely as the truth of the Messiah is in me, my boasting will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia.

10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this my boast [of independence] shall not be debarred (silenced or checked) in the regions of Achaia (most of Greece).

11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

11 Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.

11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows that I do!

11 And why? Because I do not love you [do not have a preference for you, wish you well, and regard your welfare]? God perceives and knows that I do!

12 But what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.

12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

12 But I will go on doing what I'm doing in order to deny an opportunity to those people who want an opportunity to be recognized as our equals in the work they are boasting about.

12 But what I do, I will continue to do, [for I am determined to maintain this independence] in order to cut off the claim of those who would like [to find an occasion and incentive] to claim that in their boasted [mission] they work on the same terms that we do.

13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

13 Such people are false apostles, dishonest workers who are masquerading as apostles of the Messiah.

13 For such men are false apostles [spurious, counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ (the Messiah).

14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

14 And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;

15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

15 So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their doom will match their deeds!

15 So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. [But] their end will correspond with their deeds.

Paul Boasts In His Sufferings

16 Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.

16 I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.

16 I will say it again: No one should think that I am a fool. But if you do, then treat me like a fool so that I can also boast a little.

16 I repeat then, let no one think I have lost my wits; but even if you do, then bear with a witless man, so that I too may boast a little.

17 What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.

17 That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

17 When I talk as a confident boaster, I am not talking with the Lord's authority but like a fool.

17 What I say by way of this confident boasting, I say not with the Lord's authority [by inspiration] but, as it were, in pure witlessness.

18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also.

18 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.

18 Since many people boast in a fleshly way, I will do it, too.

18 [For] since many boast of worldly things and according to the flesh, I will glory (boast) also.

19 For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.

19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.

19 You are wise, so you will gladly be tolerant of fools.

19 For you readily and gladly bear with the foolish, since you are so smart and wise yourselves!

20 For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face.

20 For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.

20 You tolerate anyone who makes you his slaves, devours what you have, takes what is yours, orders you around, or slaps your face!

20 For you endure it if a man assumes control of your souls and makes slaves of you, or devours [your substance, spends your money] and preys upon you, or deceives and takes advantage of you, or is arrogant and puts on airs, or strikes you in the face.

21 To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison But in whatever respect anyone else is bold--I speak in foolishness--I am just as bold myself.

21 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.

21 I am ashamed to admit it, but we have been too weak for that. Whatever anyone else dares to claim I am talking like a fool I can claim it, too.

21 To my discredit, I must say, we have shown ourselves too weak [for you to show such tolerance of us and for us to do strong, courageous things like that to you]! But in whatever any person is bold and dares [to boast] -- "mind you, I am speaking in this foolish (witless) way -- "I also am bold and dare [to boast].

22 Are they Hebrews? So am I Are they Israelites? So am I Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I.

22 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.

22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelis? So am I. Are they among Abraham's descendants? So am I.

22 They are Hebrews? So am I! They are Israelites? So am I! They are descendants of Abraham? So am I!

23 Are they servants of Christ?--I speak as if insane--I more so; in far more labors, in far more imprisonments, beaten times without number, often in danger of death.

23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.

23 Are they the Messiah's servants? I am insane to talk like this, but I am a far better one! I have been involved in far greater efforts, far more imprisonments, countless beatings, and have faced death more than once.

23 Are they [ministering] servants of Christ (the Messiah)? I am talking like one beside himself, [but] I am more, with far more extensive and abundant labors, with far more imprisonments, [beaten] with countless stripes, and frequently [at the point of] death.

24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.

24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.

24 Five times I received from the Jews 40 lashes minus one.

24 Five times I received from [the hands of] the Jews forty [lashes all] but one;

25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.

25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;

25 Three times I was beaten with a stick, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, and I drifted on the sea for a day and a night.

25 Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been aboard a ship wrecked at sea; a [whole] night and a day I have spent [adrift] on the deep;

26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;

26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

26 I have traveled extensively and have been endangered from rivers, robbers, my own people, and gentiles. I've also been in danger in the city, in the open country, at sea, from false brothers,

26 Many times on journeys, [exposed to] perils from rivers, perils from bandits, perils from [my own] nation, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the desert places, perils in the sea, perils from those posing as believers [but destitute of Christian knowledge and piety];

27 I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, through hunger, thirst, many periods of fasting, coldness, and nakedness.

27 In toil and hardship, watching often [through sleepless nights], in hunger and thirst, frequently driven to fasting by want, in cold and exposure and lack of clothing.

28 Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.

28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

28 Besides everything else, I have a daily burden because of my anxiety about all the churches.

28 And besides those things that are without, there is the daily [inescapable pressure] of my care and anxiety for all the churches!

29 Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?

29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?

29 Who is weak without me being weak, too? Who is caused to stumble without me becoming indignant?

29 Who is weak, and I do not feel [his] weakness? Who is made to stumble and fall and have his faith hurt, and I am not on fire [with sorrow or indignation]?

30 If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.

30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.

30 If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show how weak I am.

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that [show] my infirmity [of the things by which I am made weak and contemptible in the eyes of my opponents].

31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.

31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.

31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ knows, He Who is blessed and to be praised forevermore, that I do not lie.

32 In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,

32 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

32 In Damascus, the governor under King Aretas put guards around the city of Damascus to catch me,

32 In Damascus, the city governor acting under King Aretas guarded the city of Damascus [on purpose] to arrest me,

33 and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his hands.

33 And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

33 but I was let down in a basket through an opening in the wall and escaped from him.

33 And I was [actually] let down in a [rope] basket or hamper through a window (a small door) in the wall, and I escaped through his fingers.



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