He reasoneth the matter with the Corinthians, why they should preferre the false Apostles
before him. And because they giue them leaue to bragge and commend themselues and to abuse them
so miserably, he trusteth they wil also giue him the hearing: 21. and so he beginneth, and first
shewing himself in al Iudaical respectes (wherein only stood al their boasting) to be as they are,
he addeth afterward such a long roll of his suffering for Christ, as is incomparable.
1. WOuld God you could beare some litle of my folly: but doe ye also support me:
2. for I emulate you with the emulation of God. For I haue despoused you to one man, to present you a chaste virgin vnto Christ.
3. But I feare lest, as the serpent seduced Eue by his subteltie, so your senses may be corrupted, & fal from the simplicitie that is in Christ.
4. For if he that commeth, preach another Christ whom we haue not preached, or you receiue another Christ whom we haue not preached, or you receiue another spirit whom you haue not receiued; or another Ghospel which you haue not receiued, you might wel suffer it.
5. For I suppose that I haue done nothing lesse then the great Apostles.
6. For although rude in speach, yet not in knowledge. But in al things we are made manifest to you.
7. Or did I commit a sinne humbling my self, that you might be exalted? because I euangelized vnto you the Ghospel of God gratis?
8. Other Churches I spoiled, taking a stipend, for your ministerie.
9. And when I was with you, and had need, I was burdenous to none: for that which I wanted, the Brethren supplied that come from Macedonia: and in al things I haue kept my self without burden to you, and wil keep.
10. The truth of Christ is in me, that this glorying shal not be infringed toward me in the countries of Achaia.
11. Wherfore? because I loue you not? God doth know.
12. But that which I doe, I wil also doe, that I may cut away the occasion of them that desire occasion: that, in that which they glorie, they may be found euen like vs.
13. For such false Apostles are craftie workers, transfiguring themselues into Apostles of the Christ.
14. And no maruel: for Satan himself transfigureth himself into an Angel of light.
15. It is no great matter therfore if his Ministers be transfigured as the Ministers iustice: whose end shal be according to their workes.
16. Againe I say, (let no man thinke me to be foolish: otherwise take me as foolish, that I also may glorie a litle,)
17. that which I speake, I speake not according to God, but as it were in foolishnes, in this substance of glorying.
18. Because many glorie according to the flesh, I also wil glorie.
19. For you doe gladly suffer the foolish: whereas your selues are wise.
20. For you suffer if a man bring you into seruitude, if a man deuoure, if a man take, if a man be extolled, if a man strike you on the face.
21. I speake according to dishonour, as though we had been weake in this part. Wherein any man dare (I speake folishly) I dare also.
22. They are Hebrews: and I. They are Israelites: and I. They are the seed of Abraham; and I.
23. They are the Ministers of Christ; and I. (I speake as one scarse wise) more I: in many more labours, in prisons more aboundantly, in stripes aboue measure, in deaths often.
24. Of the Iewes fiue times did I receiue fortie sauing one.
25. Thrise was I beaten with rods once I was stoned, thrise I suffred shipwrack; night and day haue I been in the depths of the sea,
26. in iourneying often, perils of waters, perils of theeues, perils of my Nation, perils of Gentils, perils in the citie, perils in the wildernes, perils in the sea, perils among false Brethren,
27. in labour and miserie, in much watchings, in hunger and thirst, in fasting often, in cold and nakednes,
28. beside those things which are outwardly: my daily instance, the carefulnes of al Churches.
29. Who is weake, and I am not weake? Who is scandalized, and I am not burnt?
30. If I must glorie: I wil glorie of the things that concerne my infirmitie.
31. The God and Father of our Lord Iesvs Christ, who is blessed for euer, knoweth that I lie not.
32. At Damascus the Gouernour of the Nation vnder Aretas the King, kept the citie of Damascenes for to apprehend me:
33. and through a window in a basket was I let downe by the wal, and so escaped his hands.