1I wish YOU would put up with me in some little unreasonableness. But, in fact, YOU are putting up with me!2For I am jealous over YOU with a godly jealousy, for I personally promised YOU in marriage to one husband that I might present YOU as a chaste virgin to the Christ.3But I am afraid that somehow, as the serpent seduced Eve by its cunning, YOUR minds might be corrupted away from the sincerity and the chastity that are due the Christ.4For, as it is, if someone comes and preaches a Jesus other than the one we preached, or YOU receive a spirit other than what YOU received, or good news other than what YOU accepted, YOU easily put up [with him].5For I consider that I have not in a single thing proved inferior to YOUR superfine apostles.6But even if I am unskilled in speech, I certainly am not in knowledge; but in every way we manifested [it] to YOU in all things.
7Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself that YOU might be exalted, because without cost I gladly declared the good news of God to YOU?8Other congregations I robbed by accepting provisions in order to minister to YOU;9and yet when I was present with YOU and I fell in need, I did not become a burden to a single one, for the brothers that came from Mac‧e‧do′ni‧a abundantly supplied my deficiency. Yes, in every way I kept myself unburdensome to YOU and will keep myself so.10It is a truth of Christ in my case that no stop shall be put to this boasting of mine in the regions of A‧cha′ia.11For what reason? Because I do not love YOU? God knows [I do].
12Now what I am doing I will still do, that I may cut off the pretext from those who are wanting a pretext for being found equal to us in the office of which they boast.13For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.14And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps transforming himself into an angel of light.15It is therefore nothing great if his ministers also keep transforming themselves into ministers of righteousness. But their end shall be according to their works.
16I say again, Let no man think I am unreasonable. Still, if YOU really do, accept me even if as unreasonable, that I too may do some little boasting.17What I speak I speak, not after the Lord’s example, but as in unreasonableness, in this cocksureness peculiar to boasting.18Since many are boasting according to the flesh, I too will boast.19For YOU gladly put up with the unreasonable persons, seeing YOU are reasonable.20In fact, YOU put up with whoever enslaves YOU, whoever devours [what YOU have], whoever grabs [what YOU have], whoever exalts himself over [YOU], whoever strikes YOU in the face.
21I say this to [our] dishonor, as though our position had been weak.
But if anyone else acts bold in something—I am talking unreasonably—I too am acting bold in it.22Are they Hebrews? I am one also. Are they Israelites? I am one also. Are they Abraham’s seed? I am also.23Are they ministers of Christ? I reply like a madman, I am more outstandingly one: in labors more plentifully, in prisons more plentifully, in blows to an excess, in near‐deaths often.24By Jews I five times received forty strokes less one,25three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I experienced shipwreck, a night and a day I have spent in the deep;26in journeys often, in dangers from rivers, in dangers from highwaymen, in dangers from [my own] race, in dangers from the nations, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers at sea, in dangers among false brothers,27in labor and toil, in sleepless nights often, in hunger and thirst, in abstinence from food many times, in cold and nakedness.
28Besides those things of an external kind, there is what rushes in on me from day to day, the anxiety for all the congregations.29Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is stumbled, and I am not incensed?
30If boasting there must be, I will boast of the things having to do with my weakness.31The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, even the One who is to be praised forever, knows I am not lying.32In Damascus the governor under A‧re′tas the king was guarding the city of the Dam‧a‧scenes′ to seize me,33but through a window in the wall I was lowered in a wicker basket and escaped his hands.