2 Corinthians 11:1-11New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Paul Defends His Apostleship
11 I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but [a]indeed you are bearing 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.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.4 For if [b]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 thisbeautifully.5 For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the [c]most eminent 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.
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?8 I robbed other churches by taking wages from them 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, [d]and will continue to do so.10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!
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