- Would that ye could bear with me in a little foolishness: but indeed ye do bear with me.
- For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy: for I espoused you to one husband, that I might present you [as] a pure virgin to Christ.
- But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve in his craftiness, your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity and the purity that is toward Christ.
- For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or [if] ye receive a different spirit, which ye did not receive, or a different gospel, which ye did not accept, ye do well to bear with [him].
- For I reckon that I am not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
- But though [I be] rude in speech, yet [am I] not in knowledge;
nay, in every way have we made [this] manifest unto you in all things.
- Or did I commit a sin in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I preached to you the gospel of God for nought?
- I robbed other churches, taking wages [of them] that I might minister unto you;
- and when I was present with you and was in want, I was not a burden on any man;
for the brethren, when they came from Macedonia, supplied the measure of my want;
and in everything I kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and [so] will I keep [myself].
- As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this glorying in the regions of Achaia.
because I love you not?
- But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them that desire an occasion;
that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
- For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, fashioning themselves into apostles of Christ.
- And no marvel;
for even Satan fashioneth himself into an angel of light.
- It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.
- I say again, let no man think me foolish;
but if [ye do], yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little.
- That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying.
- Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
- For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise [yourselves].
- For ye bear with a man, if he bringeth you into bondage, if he devoureth you, if he taketh you [captive], if he exalteth himself, if he smiteth you on the face.
- I speak by way of disparagement, as though we had been weak.
Yet whereinsoever any is bold (I speak in foolishness), I am bold also.
- Are they Hebrews?
so am I.
Are they Israelites?
so am I.
Are they the seed of Abraham?
so am I.
- Are they ministers of Christ?
(I speak as one beside himself) I more;
in labors more abundantly, in prisons more abundantly, in stripes above measure, in deaths oft.
- Of the Jews five times received I forty [stripes] save one.
- Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day have I been in the deep;
- [in] journeyings often, [in] perils of rivers, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils from [my] countrymen, [in] perils from the Gentiles, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren;
- [in] labor and travail, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
- Besides those things that are without, there is that which presseth upon me daily, anxiety for all the churches.
- Who is weak, and I am not weak?
who is caused to stumble, and I burn not?
- If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things that concern my weakness.
- The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed for evermore knoweth that I lie not.
- In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king guarded the city of the Damascenes in order to take me:
- and through a window was I let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped his hands.