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.