2 Corinthians 11:1-15 - Paul Defends His Apostleship

1 I wish ye would bear with me a little in my folly; and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy, having espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear least as the serpent seduced Eve by his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the purity that is in Christ. 4 For if he, that cometh to you, 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 embraced, ye might indeed bear with him.

5 For I think I was not inferior to the very chiefest apostles: and if I am unskilled in speech, 6 yet not in knowledge ---but we have been fully manifested among you in all things. 7 Have I committed an offence in humbling myself that ye might be exalted? and in that I have preached the gospel of God to you gratis? 8 I trespassed on other churches, receiving maintenance from them for your service. 9 And when I was present among you, and in want, I was chargeable to no one. For the brethren that came from Macedonia supplied my want: and in every thing I have kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast shall not be taken from me in the regions of Achaia. 11 Wherefore? because I love you not?

12 God knoweth. But what I do, I will do, that I may cut off occasion from those that desire an occasion of boasting or censure, that in what they boast of they may be found to do even as we do. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transformed into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 It is therefore no great thing, if his ministers also be transformed into ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.