2 Corinthians 11
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2 Corinthians 11
Paul and the False Apostles...
I wish that you would bear with me in a little folly. But indeed, you are bearing with me.
For I am jealous for you with a jealousy according to Elohim. For I gave you in marriage to one husband, to present you as an innocent maiden to Messiah.
But I am afraid, lest, as the serpent deceived Hawwah by his trickery, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Messiah.
For, indeed, if he who is coming proclaims another Yahushua, whom we have not proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different Good News which you have not accepted, you put up with it well enough!
For I reckon that I am not inferior to the most eminent emissaries.
But even if I am unskilled in word, yet not in knowledge. Indeed, in every way we have been manifested among you in all matters.
Or did I commit sin in humbling myself in order to exalt you, because I brought good news, the Good News of Elohim to you without being paid?
Other assemblies I robbed, by receiving wages from them to serve you.
And when I was present with you, and in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for what was lacking to me the brothers who came from Makedonia supplied. And in every way I kept myself - and shall keep - from being a burden to you.
It is a truth of Messiah in me, that this boasting in me shall not be stopped in the districts of Achaia.
Why? Is it that I do not love you? Elohim knows!
And I shall go on doing as I do, in order to cut off the occasion from those desiring an occasion, so that in that which they boast, they might be found also as we are.
For such are false emissaries, deceptive workers, masquerading as emissaries of Messiah.
And no wonder! For Satan himself masquerades as a messenger of light!
It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works!
Paul Boasts About His Sufferings...
Again I say, let no one think me to be a fool. And if otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, for me to also boast a little.
What I speak, I speak not according to the Master, but as in foolishness, in this boldness of boasting.
Since many boast according to the flesh, I too shall boast.
For you, being wise, put up with fools gladly!
For you put up with it if anyone enslaves you, if anyone devours you, if anyone takes from you, if anyone exalts himself, if one hits you in the face.
To my shame, I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold - I say it in foolishness - I am bold also.
Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Yisra'elites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I.
Are they servants of Messiah? - I speak as beside myself - I am more, in labours much more, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths many times.
Five times I received from the Yehudim forty stripes less one.
Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have been in the deep,
in many travels, in dangers of waters, in dangers of robbers, in dangers from my own race, in dangers from the gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the desert, in dangers in the sea, in dangers among false brothers;
in toil and hardship, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness,
besides the matters from outside, what comes upon me daily: the anxiety for all the assemblies.
Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn inwardly?
If I have to boast, I shall boast of matters that show up my weakness.
The Elohim and Father of our Master Yahushua Messiah, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
In Damascus the governor, under Aretas the sovereign, was guarding the city of the Damascenes, wishing to seize me,
but through a window I was let down in a basket by the wall, and escaped from his hands.
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