Bible: 2 Cor 11:1-12
Paul and His Opponents
11:1 I wish that you would be patient with me in a little foolishness, but indeed you are being patient with me! 11:2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, 1 to present you as a pure 2 virgin to Christ. 11:3 But I am afraid that 3 just as the serpent 4 deceived Eve by his treachery, 5 your minds may be led astray 6 from a sincere and pure 7 devotion to Christ. 11:4 For if someone comes and proclaims 8 another Jesus different from the one we proclaimed, 9 or if you receive a different spirit than the one you received, 10 or a different gospel than the one you accepted, 11 you put up with it well enough! 12 11:5 For I consider myself not at all inferior to those “super-apostles.” 13 11:6 And even if I am unskilled 14 in speaking, yet I am certainly not so in knowledge. Indeed, we have made this plain to you in everything in every way. 11:7 Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself 15 so that you could be exalted, because I proclaimed 16 the gospel of God to you free of charge? 11:8 I robbed other churches by receiving support from them so that I could serve you! 17 11:9 When 18 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. 19 I 20 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 21 will not be stopped 22 in the regions of Achaia. 11:11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 23 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 24 in the things they boast about.