Bible: 2 Corinthians 11:1-15

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. 11:13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful 25  workers, disguising themselves 26  as apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself 27  as an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves 28  as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions. 29 

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