2 Corinthians 11:12-33New American Standard Bible (NASB)
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 [a]regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting.13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself 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.
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.17 What I am saying, I am not saying [b]as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I will boast also.19 For you, being so wise, tolerate the foolish gladly.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.21 To myshame I must say that we have been weak by comparison.
But in whatever respect anyone elseis bold—I speak in foolishness—I am just as bold myself.22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they [c]descendants of Abraham? So am I.23 Are they servants of Christ?—I speak as if insane—I more so; in [d]far more labors, in [e]far more imprisonments, [f]beaten times without number, often in danger of death.24 Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.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.26 I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from mycountrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;27 I have been in labor and hardship, [g]through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and [h]exposure.28 Apart from such[i]external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches.29 Who is weak without my being weak? Who is [j]led into sin [k]without my intense concern?
30 If I have to boast, I will boast of what pertains to my weakness.31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.32 In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me,33 and I was let down in a basket through a window [l]in the wall, and so escaped his hands.
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