2 Corinthians 11:16-33 New American Standard Bible

Paul's Sufferings as an Apostle

16  Again I say , let no one think me foolish ; but if you do, receive me even as foolish , so that I also may boast a little . 17  What I am saying , I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness , in this confidence of boasting . 18  Since many boast according to the flesh , I will boast also . 19  For you, being so wise , tolerate the foolish gladly . 20  For you tolerate it if anyone enslaves you, anyone devours you, anyone takes advantage of you, anyone exalts himself, anyone hits you in the face . 21  To my shame I must say that we have been weak by comparison. But in whatever e respect anyone else is bold -I speak in foolishness -I am just as bold myself .

22  Are they Hebrews ? So am I. Are they Israelites ? So am I. Are they descendants of Abraham ? So am I. 23  Are they servants of Christ ?-I speak as if insane -I more so ; in far more labors , in far more imprisonments , beaten times without number , often in danger of death . 24  Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine e e lashes. 25  Three times I was beaten with rods , once I was stoned , three times I was shipwrecked , a night and a day I have spent in the deep . 26  I have been on frequent journeys , in dangers from rivers , dangers from robbers , dangers from my countrymen , dangers from the Gentiles , dangers in the city , dangers in the wilderness , dangers on the sea , dangers among false brethren ; 27  I have been in labor and hardship , through many sleepless nights , in hunger and thirst , often without food , in cold and exposure . 28  Apart from such external things, there is the daily e pressure on me of concern for all the churches . 29  Who is weak without e my being weak ? Who is led into sin without e my intense concern ? 30  If I have to boast , I will boast of what pertains to my weakness . 31  The God and Father of the Lord Jesus , He who is blessed forever , knows that I am not lying . 32  In Damascus the ethnarch under Aretas the king was guarding the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me, 33  and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall , and so escaped his hands .

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