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2 Corinthians 11:5-21

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For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles.

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Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.

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Did I commit sin in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you free of charge?

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I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you.

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And when I was present with you, and in need, I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself.

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As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia.

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Why? Because I do not love you? God knows!

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But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast.

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For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.

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And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.

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Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

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I say again, let no one think me a fool. If otherwise, at least receive me as a fool, that I also may boast a little.

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What I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as it were, foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

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Seeing that many boast according to the flesh, I also will boast.

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For you put up with fools gladly, since you yourselves are wise!

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For you put up with it if one brings you into bondage, if one devours you, if one takes from you, if one exalts himself, if one strikes you on the face.

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To our shame I say that we were too weak for that! But in whatever anyone is bold-I speak foolishly-I am bold also.

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