11:9 When 1 I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. 2 I 3 kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so. 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine 4 will not be stopped 5 in the regions of Achaia. 11:11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 6 11:12 And what I am doing I will continue to do, so that I may eliminate any opportunity for those who want a chance to be regarded as our equals 7 in the things they boast about. 11:13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful 8 workers, disguising themselves 9 as apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself 10 as an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves 11 as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions. 12
Paul’s Sufferings for Christ
11:16 I say again, let no one think that I am a fool. 13 But if you do, then at least accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 11:17 What I am saying with this boastful confidence 14 I do not say the way the Lord would. 15 Instead it is, as it were, foolishness. 11:18 Since many 16 are boasting according to human standards, 17 I too will boast.