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2 Corinthians 11:18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

18 Since many boast according to the flesh, I too will boast.

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2 Corinthians 11:21-23 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

21 To my shame I say that we were too weak![a]

But what anyone dares to boast of (I am speaking in foolishness) I also dare. 22 [b]Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 23 [c]Are they ministers of Christ? (I am talking like an insane person.) I am still more,[d] with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, far worse beatings, and numerous brushes with death.

Footnotes:

  1. 11:21 Paul ironically concedes the charge of personal weakness from 2 Cor 10:1–18 but will refute the other charge there mentioned, that of lack of boldness, accepting the challenge to demonstrate it by his boast.
  2. 11:22 The opponents apparently pride themselves on their “Jewishness.” Paul, too, can claim to be a Jew by race, religion, and promise. Descendants of Abraham: elsewhere Paul distinguishes authentic from inauthentic heirs of Abraham and the promise (Rom 4:13–18; 9:7–13; 11:1; Gal 3:9, 27–29; cf. Jn 8:33–47). Here he grants his opponents this title in order to concentrate on the principal claim that follows.
  3. 11:23a Ministers of Christ…I am still more: the central point of the boast (cf. note on 2 Cor 11:5). Like an insane person: the climax of his folly.
  4. 11:23b–29 Service of the humiliated and crucified Christ is demonstrated by trials endured for him. This rhetorically impressive catalogue enumerates many of the labors and perils Paul encountered on his missionary journeys.
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Scripture texts, prefaces, introductions, footnotes and cross references used in this work are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC All Rights Reserved. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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