Bible: 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Paul’s Sufferings for Christ

11:16 I say again, let no one think that I am a fool. 1  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 2  I do not say the way the Lord would. 3  Instead it is, as it were, foolishness. 11:18 Since many 4  are boasting according to human standards, 5  I too will boast. 11:19 For since you are so wise, you put up with 6  fools gladly. 11:20 For you put up with 7  it if someone makes slaves of you, if someone exploits you, if someone takes advantage of you, if someone behaves arrogantly 8  toward you, if someone strikes you in the face. 11:21 (To my disgrace 9  I must say that we were too weak for that!) 10  But whatever anyone else dares to boast about 11  (I am speaking foolishly), I also dare to boast about the same thing. 12  11:22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. 11:23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times. 11:24 Five times I received from the Jews forty lashes less one. 13  11:25 Three times I was beaten with a rod. 14  Once I received a stoning. 15  Three times I suffered shipwreck. A night and a day I spent adrift in the open sea. 11:26 I have been on journeys many times, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from robbers, 16  in dangers from my own countrymen, in dangers from Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, 17  in dangers at sea, in dangers from false brothers, 11:27 in hard work and toil, 18  through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, many times without food, in cold and without enough clothing. 19  11:28 Apart from other things, 20  there is the daily pressure on me of my anxious concern 21  for all the churches. 11:29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is led into sin, 22  and I do not burn with indignation? 11:30 If I must boast, 23  I will boast about the things that show my weakness. 24  11:31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying. 11:32 In Damascus, the governor 25  under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus 26  in order to arrest 27  me, 11:33 but I was let down in a rope-basket 28  through a window in the city wall, and escaped his hands.

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