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2 Corinthians 11

 

 

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Introduction
1Out of his jealousy over the Corinthians, who seemed to make more account of the false apostles than of him, he enters into a forced commendation of himself,
5of his equality with the chief apostles,
7of his preaching the gospel to them freely, and without any charge to them;
13shewing that he was not inferior to those deceitful workers in any legal prerogative;
23and in the service of Christ, and in all kinds of sufferings for his ministry, far superior.

Verse 1
Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.
Would
Numbers 11:29; Joshua 7:7; 2 Kings 5:3; Acts 26:29; 1 Corinthians 4:8
bear with me a
4; Acts 18:14; Hebrews 5:2
in
16,17,19,21; 5:13; 12:11; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 3:18; 4:10
bear with me
or, ye do bear with me.

Verse 2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
jealous
Galatians 4:11,17-19; Philippians 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:11
I have
Genesis 24:2-5,58-67; Psalms 45:10,11; Isaiah 54:5; 62:4,5; Hosea 2:19,20; John 3:29; Romans 7:4; 1 Corinthians 4:15
I may
Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:28
a chaste
Leviticus 21:13-15; Ezekiel 44:22

Verse 3
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
I fear
29; 12:20,21; Psalms 119:53; Galatians 1:6; 3:1; 4:11; Philippians 3:18,19
as
Genesis 3:4,13; John 8:44; 1 Timothy 2:14; Revelation 12:9; 20:2
so
13-15; 2:17; 4:2; Matthew 24:24; Acts 20:30,31; Galatians 1:6; 2:4; 3:1; Ephesians 4:14; Ephesians 6:24; Colossians 2:4,8,18; 2 Thessalonians 2:3-11; 1 Timothy 1:3; 4:1-4; 2 Timothy 3:1-9,13; 2 Timothy 4:3,4; Titus 1:10; Hebrews 13:9; 2 Peter 2:1-14; 3:3,17; 1 John 2:18; 4:1; Jude 1:4; Revelation 12:9
the simplicity
1:12; Romans 12:8; 16:18,19

Verse 4
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
preacheth
Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5
receive
1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Galatians 3:2; Ephesians 4:4,5
another gospel
Galatians 1:7,8
with him
or, with me.

Verse 5
For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
I was not
12:11,12; 1 Corinthians 15:10; Galatians 2:6-9

Verse 6
But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.
rude
10:10; 1 Corinthians 1:17,21; 2:1-3,13
not
Ephesians 3:4; 2 Peter 3:15,16
but we
4:2; 5:11; 7:2; 12:12

Verse 7
Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
in
10:1; 12:13; Acts 18:1-3; 20:34; 1 Corinthians 4:10-12; 9:6,12,14-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8

Verse 8
I robbed other churches, taking wages of them, to do you service.
9; Philippians 4:14-16

Verse 9
And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
wanted
6:4; 9:12; Philippians 2:25; 4:11-14; Hebrews 11:37
I was
12:13; Nehemiah 5:15; Acts 18:3; 20:33; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8,9
the brethren
8:1,2; Philippians 4:10,15,16
See on ver
burdensome
12:14-16; 1 Thessalonians 2:6

Verse 10
As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting in the regions of Achaia.
the truth
31; 1:23; 12:19; Romans 1:9; 9:1; Galatians 1:20; 1 Thessalonians 2:5,10; 1 Timothy 2:7
no man shall stop me of this boasting
Gr. this boasting shall not be stopped in me.
12,16,17; 10:15; 1 Corinthians 9:15-18
the regions
1:1; 9:2; Acts 18:12,27; Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:15; 1 Thessalonians 1:7,8

Verse 11
Wherefore? because I love you not? God knoweth.
because
6:11,12; 7:3; 12:15
God
10; 12:2,3; Joshua 22:22; Psalms 44:21; John 2:24,25; 21:17; Acts 15:8; Hebrews 4:13; Revelation 2:23

Verse 12
But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.
what
9; 1:17; Job 23:13
that I may
1 Corinthians 9:12; 1 Timothy 5:14
them
Galatians 1:7; Philippians 1:15-30
they glory
18; 5:12; 10:17; 1 Corinthians 5:6; Galatians 6:13,14

Verse 13
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
false
15; 2:17; 4:2; Matthew 25:24; Acts 15:1,24; 20:30; Romans 16:18; Galatians 1:7; 2:4; 4:17; Galatians 6:12; Ephesians 4:14; Philippians 1:15,16; Colossians 2:4,8; 1 Timothy 1:4-7; 4:1-3; 6:3-5; 2 Timothy 2:17-19; 3:5-9; 4:3,4; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 2:18; 4:1; 2 John 1:7-11; Jude 1:4; Revelation 2:2,9,20; 19:20
deceitful
Philippians 3:2; Titus 1:10,11

Verse 14
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
for
3; 2:11; Genesis 3:1-5; Matthew 4:1-10; Galatians 1:8; Revelation 12:9

Verse 15
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
no
2 Kings 5:13; 1 Corinthians 9:11
his
13; Acts 13:10; Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 9:11; 13:2,14; 19:19-21; 20:2,3,7-10
the ministers
23; 3:9
whose
Isaiah 9:14,15; Jeremiah 5:31; 23:14,15; 28:15-17; 29:32; Ezekiel 13:10-15,22; Matthew 7:15,16; Galatians 1:8,9; Philippians 3:19; 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12; 2 Peter 2:3,13-22; Jude 1:4,10-13

Verse 16
I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
say
Let
21-23; 12:6,11
receive me
or, suffer me.
1,19

Verse 17
That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.
I speak it
1 Corinthians 7:6,12
foolishly
18-27; 9:4; Philippians 3:3-6

Verse 18
Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also.
many
12,21-23; 10:12-18; Jeremiah 9:23,24; 1 Corinthians 4:10; 1 Peter 1:24
I will
12:5,6,9,11

Verse 19
For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.
seeing
1 Corinthians 4:10; 8:1; 10:15; Revelation 3:17

Verse 20
For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face.
if a man bring
1:24; Galatians 2:4; 4:3,9,25; 5:1,10; 6:12
take
Romans 16:17,18; Philippians 3:19; 1 Thessalonians 2:5
a man smite
Isaiah 50:6; Lamentations 3:30; Luke 6:29

Verse 21
I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. Howbeit whereinsoever any is bold, (I speak foolishly,) I am bold also.
as though
10:1,2,10; 13:10
whereinsoever
22-27; Philippians 3:3-6
I speak
17,23

Verse 22
Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
Hebrews
Exodus 3:18; 5:3; 7:16; 9:1,13; 10:3; Acts 22:3; Romans 11:1; Philippians 3:5
the seed
Genesis 17:8,9; 2 Chronicles 20:7; Matthew 3:9; John 8:33-39; Romans 4:13-18

Verse 23
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.
ministers
3:6; 6:4; 1 Corinthians 3:5; 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; 1 Timothy 4:6
I am
5; 12:11,12
in labours
1 Corinthians 15:10; Colossians 1:29
in stripes
24,25; 6:4,5; Acts 9:16
in prison
Acts 9:16; 16:24; 20:23; 21:11; 24:26,27; 25:14; 27:1; 28:16,30; Ephesians 3:1; Ephesians 4:1; 6:20; Philippians 1:13; 2 Timothy 1:8,16; 2:9; Philemon 1:9; Hebrews 10:34
in deaths
1:9,10; 4:11; 6:9; Acts 14:19; 1 Corinthians 15:30-32; Philippians 2:17; Colossians 1:24

Verse 24
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
forty
Deuteronomy 25:2,3; Matthew 10:17; Mark 13:9

Verse 25
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
I beaten
Acts 16:22,23,33,37; 22:24
once
Matthew 21:35; Acts 7:58,59; 14:5,19; Hebrews 11:37
thrice
Acts 27:1-44

Verse 26
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
journeyings
Acts 9:23,26-30; 11:25,26; 13:1-14; 15:2-4,40,41; 16:1-18; Acts 18:18-23; 19:1; 20:1-6; Romans 15:19,24-28; Galatians 1:17-21
in perils by mine
Acts 9:23-25,29; 13:50; 20:3,19; 21:28-31; 23:12-22; 25:3; 28:10,11; 1 Thessalonians 2:15,16
in perils by the
1:8-10; Acts 14:5,19; 16:19-24; 19:23-41; 1 Corinthians 15:32
in perils in the city
32; Acts 9:24; 17:5

Verse 27
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
weariness
23; 6:5; Acts 20:5-11,34,35; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8
in watchings
Acts 20:31
in hunger
Jeremiah 38:9; 1 Corinthians 4:11,12; Philippians 4:12
fastings
6:5; Acts 13:2,3; 14:23; 1 Corinthians 7:5
nakedness
Romans 8:35,36; Hebrews 11:37; James 2:15,16

Verse 28
Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.
those
the care
Acts 15:36,40,41; 18:23; 20:2,18-35; Romans 1:14; 11:13; 15:16; 16:4; Colossians 2:1

Verse 29
Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
is weak
2:4,5; 7:5,6; 13:9; Ezra 9:1-3; Romans 12:15; 15:1; 1 Corinthians 8:13; 9:22; 12:26; Galatians 6:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:5-8
and I burn
13-15; Numbers 25:6-11; Nehemiah 5:6-13; 13:15-20,23-25; John 2:17; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 1 Corinthians 6:5-7,15-18; 11:22; 15:12-34,36; Galatians 1:7-10; 2:4-6,14; 3:1-3; Galatians 4:8-20; 5:2-4; 2 John 1:10,11; Jude 1:3,4; Revelation 2:2,20; 3:15-18

Verse 30
If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
must
16-18; 12:1,11; Proverbs 25:27; 27:2; Jeremiah 9:23,24
I will
12:5-10; Colossians 1:24

Verse 31
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
God
1:3,23; John 10:30; 20:17; Romans 1:9; 9:1; Ephesians 1:3; 3:14; Galatians 1:2,3; Colossians 1:3; 1 Thessalonians 2:5; 1 Peter 1:3
which
Nehemiah 9:5; Psalms 41:13; Romans 1:25; 9:5; 1 Timothy 1:11,17; 6:16
knoweth

Verse 32
In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:
Damascus
26; Acts 9:24,25
Aretas
This Aretas was an Arabian king, and the father-in-law of Herod Antipas, upon whom he made war in consequence of his having divorced his daughter. Herod applied to Tiberius for help, who sent Vitellius to reduce Aretas, and to bring him alive or dead to Rome. By some means or other Vitellius delayed his operations, and in the mean time Tiberius died; and it is probable that Aretas, who was thus snatched from ruin, availed himself of the favourable state of things, and seized on Damascus, which had belonged to his ancestors.

Verse 33
And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.
I let
Joshua 2:18; 1 Samuel 19:12

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Corinthians 11:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-corinthians-11.html.

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