1 Would you could bear with me a little in my vanity, but indeed you do bear 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!
2 for I am jealous over you with religious jealousy: since I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
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.
3 but I fear lest by some means or other, as Eve was beguiled by the subtilly of the serpent, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is due 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.
4 if he that is come to you, preaches another Jesus whom I have not preached, or if ye receive other gifts of the spirit, than what ye have received from me, or another gospel, than what you have accepted, you might well bear with his pretensions:
4 For if (b)one comes and preaches (F)another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a (G)different spirit which you have not received, or a (H)different gospel which you have not accepted, you (I)bear this (J)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 a person comes and preaches another Jesus,(I) whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit,(J) which you had not received, or a different gospel,(K) which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!
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.
5 for I think I am not at all inferior to the chiefest of the 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."
6 if my language is inelegant, my knowledge is not contemptible; but has been fully display'd among you on all occasions.
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.
7 If I have degraded myself for your advantage by preaching the holy gospel to you gratis, is that such a trespass?
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?
8 by taking wages of other churches, I may have injured them, to do you service.
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
8 I robbed other churches by taking pay from them to minister to you.
8 I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you.
9 when I was present among you, and in want, I was chargeable to no man: for the brethren which came from Macedonia, supplied my necessities: and as I have, so I always shall keep myself from being burdensome to you.
9 and when I was present with you and was in need, I was (S)not a burden to anyone; for when (T)the brethren came from (U)Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from (V)being a burden to you, (d)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 present with you and in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia(R) supplied my needs.(S) I have kept myself, and will keep myself, from burdening you in any way.
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.
10 I solemnly protest, no man shall hinder me of this applause, 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.
12 but this I do, and shall do, to make them drop their hire, who are so bent upon hire: and then indeed they will be as they pretend to be, like me.
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.
13 for these are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguised so as to pass for true apostles.
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.
14 and no wonder; for satan himself may put on the appearance of an angel of light.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
14 And no wonder! For Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
14 And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
15 therefore it is not strange if his agents are so disguised as to appear like ministers of the gospel; but their end shall be answerable to their actions.
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!
16 I say it again, let no man think me vain; but if they do, yet as such, bear with me, that I too may applaud my self 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 repeat: No one should consider me a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool, so I too may boast 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.
17 what I say, I say it not as an apostle, but as it were to indulge my vanity in this matter 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.
18 since many glory in outward advantages, I will glory too.
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.
19 for as wise as you are your selves, you easily bear with the folly of others.
19 For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
19 You are wise, so you will gladly be tolerant of fools.
20 if a man impose upon you, if he preys upon you, if he makes a gain of you, if a man insults you, if he disgracefully assaults you, I mean it as to their reproaches, you take it all;
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!
21 as if I was inferior to them. but whatever they pretend to, (I must be so vain) I pretend to the like.
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 say this to our shame: We have been weak.But in whatever anyone dares to boast—I am talking foolishly—I also dare:
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.
22 Are they Hebrews? so am I: are they Israelites? so am I: are they of the race of Abraham?
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.
23 so am I: are they ministers of Christ? is it my vanity? I am more so: in toilsome labours I surpass them, in stripes I am exceedingly beyond them, in prisons I have been oftner, and frequently in the very jaws 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.
24 from the Jews I have five times received forty stripes save one.
24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
24 Five times I received from the Jews 40 lashes minus one.
25 thrice was I whip'd with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I was shipwreck'd; a night and a day I was floating on 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.
26 in my voyages I have been frequently in perils from rivers, in perils from robbers, in perils from my own countrymen, in perils from the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the country, in perils at sea, in perils among false brethren;
26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my (BK)countrymen, dangers from the (BL)Gentiles, dangers in the (BM)city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among (BN)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 On frequent journeys, I faceddangers from rivers,dangers from robbers,(AF)dangers from my own people,(AG)dangers from the Gentiles,dangers in the city,dangers in the open country,dangers on the sea,and dangers among false brothers;
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,
27 expos'd to toil, to fatigue, to frequent watchings, to hunger and thirst, to frequent fastings, to cold and penury.
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.
28 besides these troubles from without, that which crouds upon me daily, the care of 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.
29 who is afflicted, and I not suffer? who is offended, and I not inflam'd?
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?
30 If I must be compell'd to glory, I will glory on the account of my sufferings.
30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
30 If boasting is necessary, I will boast about my weaknesses.
30 If I must boast, I will boast about the things that show how weak I am.
31 the ever-blessed God, and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, knows that I speak truth.
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.
32 in Damascus the governor for king Aretas, posted guards at the city-gates, with a design to apprehend 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,
33 but thro' a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and so escap'd.
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.
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