THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
C. By His Jealousy for Christ
1 I wish that you would abear with me in a little 1bfoolishness; but indeed you do bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with a 1ajealousy of God; for I bbetrothed you to one husband to cpresent you as a pure 2dvirgin to Christ.
3 But I fear lest somehow, as the aserpent bdeceived cEve by his dcraftiness, your 1ethoughts would be corrupted from the 2fsimplicity and the gpurity toward Christ.
4 For if indeed he who comes preaches 1aanother Jesus, whom we have not preached, or you receive a 1bdifferent spirit, which you have not received, or a 1cdifferent gospel, which you have not accepted, you dbear 2well with him.
5 But I count myself to be inferior to the 1asuper-apostles in nothing.
6 But even if I am a 1layman in aspeech, yet I am not in bknowledge; indeed in every way we have made this cmanifest in all things to you.
7 Or did I commit a sin, abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I announced the gospel of God to you afree of charge?
8 I robbed other churches, taking wages for the ministry to you.
9 And when I was present with you and alacked, I was not a bburden to anyone; for the brothers who came from cMacedonia dfilled up my lack, and in everything I kept myself from being eburdensome to you, and will keep myself.
10 The 1truthfulness of Christ is in me, that this aboasting shall not be stopped as it regards me in the regions of bAchaia.
11 Why? Because I do not alove you? God bknows.
12 But what I do, I also will do, that I may cut off the opportunity of those desiring an opportunity, that in the thing in which they boast, they may be found even as we.
13 For such ones are 1afalse apostles, deceitful bworkers, 2transfiguring themselves into apostles of Christ.
14 And no wonder, for 1aSatan himself transfigures himself into an 2bangel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if also his ministers transfigure themselves into 1ministers of righteousness, whose aend will be according to their works.
D. By His Compelled Boasting
1. Of His Status, Labor, and Afflictions
16 Again I say, Let no one think me to be afoolish; but if otherwise, accept me even as if I were foolish, that I also may bboast a little.
17 What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord but as if in afoolishness, in this 1bconfidence of boasting.
18 Since many aboast according to the bflesh, I also will cboast.
19 For you abear gladly with bfools because you yourselves are 1wise.
20 For you bear it if anyone aenslaves you, if anyone bdevours you, if anyone 1takes you, if anyone clifts himself up, if anyone beats you in the face.
21 1By way of self-disparagement I say this, 2Supposedly we ourselves were aweak. But in whatever anyone else is daring, I speak in bfoolishness, I also am cdaring.
22 1aHebrews are they? I also. 1bIsraelites are they? I also. The 1cseed of Abraham are they? I also.
23 aMinisters of Christ are they? I speak as being 1bbeside myself, I more so! In clabors more abundantly, in dimprisonments more abundantly, in estripes 2excessively, in fdeaths often.
24 Under the hands of the Jews five times I received aforty stripes less one;
25 Three times I was beaten with 1rods, once I was astoned, 2three times I was bshipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep;
26 In journeys often, in dangers of 1rivers, in dangers of 2robbers, in dangers from my arace, in dangers from the Gentiles, in dangers in the bcity, in dangers in the wilderness, in dangers in the sea, in dangers among 3cfalse brothers;
27 In alabor and hardship; in 1watchings often; in 2bhunger and thirst; in 2cfastings often; in 3cold and 4dnakedness --
28 Apart from the things which have 1not been mentioned, there is this: the crowd of cares pressing upon me daily, the 2anxious concern for aall the churches.
29 Who is aweak, and I am not weak? Who is bstumbled, and 1I myself do not 2burn?
30 If I must aboast, I will boast of the 1things of my bweakness.
31 The aGod and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is bblessed forever, cknows that I am dnot lying.
32 In aDamascus, the 1governor under Aretas the king bguarded the city of the Damascenes in order to seize me;
33 And in a basket I was alowered through a window, through the wall, and escaped his hands.