2 Corinthians 11:16-33 - Paul Boasts In His Sufferings

16 I say again, let no one think me foolish herein; but if they do, yet bear with my weakness, that I also may boast a little. 17 What I speak I speak not as from the Lord, but as in weakness, in this confidence of boasting. 18 Since many boast in the flesh, I will boast also. 19 For ye bear with fools willingly, being yourselves so wise: 20 ye bear it, even if any one enslave you, if any devour you, if any take your substance, if any be lifted up, yea if any one smite you on the face. 21 I speak of their reproaches, as if we were weak: but whereinsoever any one may be confident (though I speak foolishly) I may be confident too.

22 Are they Hebrews? so am I: are they Israelites? so am I: are they the seed of Abraham? 23 so am I: are they ministers of Christ? (if I may speak as a fool) I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes far exceeding, in prisons more frequently, and often even in deaths. 24 From the Jews I have five times received forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice I have been beaten with rods, once I was stoned, thrice I have been shipwrecked, and was a night and a day on the deep: 26 in journies often, in perils from rivers, in perils from robbers, in perils from my own nation, in perils from the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the desert, in perils on the sea, in perils among false brethren: 27 in labor and toil, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness: and beside these outward troubles,

28 that which besets me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is infirm, and I am not infirm also? who is offended, and I am not inflamed? 30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things which relate to my infirmity. 31 And the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for ever, knoweth that I lye not. 32 In Damascus the governor under king Aretas, placed guards about the city to seize me: 33 and I was let down by the wall through a window in a basket, and so escaped his hands.