2 Corinthians 11:1-15 New American Standard Bible

11 1  I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness ; but indeed you are bearing with me. 2  For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy ; for I betrothed you to one husband , so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin . 3  But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness , your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ . 4  For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached , or you receive a different spirit which you have not received , or a different gospel which you have not accepted , you bear this beautifully .

5  For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles . 6  But even if I am unskilled in speech , yet I am not so in knowledge ; in fact , in every way we have made this evident to you in all things . 7  Or did I commit a sin in humbling myself so that you might be exalted , because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge ? 8  I robbed other churches by taking wages from them to serve you; 9  and when I was present with you and was in need , I was not a burden to anyone ; for when the brethren came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need , and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so. 10  As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine e will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia . 11  Why e ? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12  But what I am doing I will continue to do , so that I may cut off opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the matter about which they are boasting . 13  For such men are false apostles , deceitful workers , disguising themselves as apostles of Christ . 14  No wonder , for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light . 15  Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness , whose end will be according to their deeds .

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