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2 Corinthians 11 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)

Paul and the False Apostles

11 I wish you would bear with me in a little foolishness. Do bear with me! For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.

Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached God's gospel to you free of charge? I robbed other churches by accepting support from them in order to serve you. And when I was with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need. So I refrained and will refrain from burdening you in any way. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be silenced in the regions of Achaia. 11 And why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do!

12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.

Paul's Sufferings as an Apostle

16 I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not with the Lord's authority but as a fool. 18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast. 19 For you gladly bear with fools, being wise yourselves! 20 For you bear it if someone makes slaves of you, or devours you, or takes advantage of you, or puts on airs, or strikes you in the face. 21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!

But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labours, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; for a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food,[a] in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?

30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for ever, knows that I am not lying. 32 At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me, 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands.


  1. 2 Corinthians 11:27 Or often in fasting
English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK)

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II Corinthios 11 Biblia Sacra Vulgata (VULGATE)

11 Utinam sustineretis modicum quid insipientiae meae, sed et supportare me:

aemulor enim vos Dei aemulatione. Despondi enim vos uni viro, virginem castam exhibere Christo.

Timeo autem ne sicut serpens Hevam seduxit astutia sua, ita corrumpantur sensus vestri, et excidant a simplicitate, quae est in Christo.

Nam si is qui venit, alium Christum praedicat, quem non praedicavimus, aut alium spiritum accipitis, quem non accepistis: aut aliud Evangelium, quod non recepistis: recte pateremini.

Existimo enim nihil me minus fecisse a magnis Apostolis.

Nam etsi imperitus sermone, sed non scientia, in omnibus autem manifestati sumus vobis.

Aut numquid peccatum feci, meipsum humilians, ut vos exaltemini? quoniam gratis Evangelium Dei evangelizavi vobis?

Alias ecclesias expoliavi, accipiens stipendium ad ministerium vestrum.

Et cum essem apud vos, et egerem, nulli onerosus fui: nam quod mihi deerat, suppleverunt fratres, qui venerunt a Macedonia: et in omnibus sine onere me vobis servavi, et servabo.

10 Est veritas Christi in me, quoniam haec gloriatio non infringetur in me in regionibus Achaiae.

11 Quare? quia non diligo vos? Deus scit.

12 Quod autem facio, et faciam: ut amputem occasionem eorum qui volunt occasionem, ut in quo gloriantur, inveniantur sicut et nos.

13 Nam ejusmodi pseudoapostoli sunt operarii subdoli, transfigurantes se in apostolos Christi.

14 Et non mirum: ipse enim Satanas transfigurat se in angelum lucis.

15 Non est ergo magnum, si ministri ejus transfigurentur velut ministri justitiae: quorum finis erit secundum opera ipsorum.

16 Iterum dico (ne quis me putet insipientem esse, alioquin velut insipientem accipite me, ut et ego modicum quid glorier),

17 quod loquor, non loquor secundum Deum, sed quasi in insipientia, in hac substantia gloriae.

18 Quoniam multi gloriantur secundum carnem: et ego gloriabor.

19 Libenter enim suffertis insipientes, cum sitis ipsi sapientes.

20 Sustinetis enim si quis vos in servitutem redigit, si quis devorat, si quis accipit, si quis extollitur, si quis in faciem vos caedit.

21 Secundum ignobilitatem dico, quasi nos infirmi fuerimus in hac parte. In quo quis audet (in insipientia dico) audeo et ego:

22 Hebraei sunt, et ego: Israelitae sunt, et ego: semen Abrahae sunt, et ego.

23 Ministri Christi sunt (ut minus sapiens dico), plus ego: in laboribus plurimis, in carceribus abundantius, in plagis supra modum, in mortibus frequenter.

24 A Judaeis quinquies, quadragenas, una minus, accepi.

25 Ter virgis caesus sum, semel lapidatus sum: ter naufragium feci, nocte et die in profundo maris fui,

26 in itineribus saepe, periculis fluminum, periculis latronum, periculis ex genere, periculis ex gentibus, periculis in civitate, periculis in solitudine, periculis in mari, periculis in falsis fratribus:

27 in labore et aerumna, in vigiliis multis, in fame et siti, in jejuniis multis, in frigore et nuditate,

28 praeter illa quae extrinsecus sunt, instantia mea quotidiana, sollicitudo omnium ecclesiarum.

29 Quis infirmatur, et ego non infirmor? quis scandalizatur, et ego non uror?

30 Si gloriari oportet, quae infirmitatis meae sunt, gloriabor.

31 Deus et Pater Domini nostri Jesu Christi, qui est benedictus in saecula, scit quod non mentior.

32 Damasci praepositus gentis Aretae regis custodiebat civitatem Damascenorum ut me comprehenderet:

33 et per fenestram in sporta dimissus sum per murum, et sic effugi manus ejus.

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