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12 For we do not dare to classify or to compare ourselves with some who commend themselves, but they themselves, when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, do not understand. 13 But we will not boast ⌊beyond limits⌋e, but according to the measure of the assignment that God has assigned to us as a measure to reach even as far as you. 14 For we are not overextending ourselves, as if we* had not reached you, because we have reached even as far as you with the gospel of Christ, 15 not boasting ⌊beyond limits⌋f in the labors of others, but having hope that as your faith is growing to be enlarged greatly by you according to our assignment, 16 so that we may proclaim the gospel in the regions that lie beyond you, and not boast in the things accomplished in the area assigned to someone else. 17 But “the one who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”g 18 For it is not the one commending himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.
11 I wish that you would put up with me ⌊in something a little foolish⌋a—but indeed you are putting up with me. 2 For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy, because I promised you in marriage to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ. 3 But I am afraid lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds may be led astray from the sincerity and the purity of devotion to Christ. 4 For if the one who comes proclaims another Jesus whom we have not proclaimed, or you receive a different spirit which you did not receive, or a different gospel which you did not accept, you put up with it well enough! 5 For I consider myself in no way to be inferior to the preeminent apostles.b 6 But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not in knowledge; certainly in everything we have made this clear to you in every way. 7 Or did I commit a sin by* humbling myself in order that you may be exalted, because I proclaimed the gospel of God to you without payment? 8 I robbed other churches by* accepting support from them for the ministry to you. 9 And when I* was present with you and was in need, I did not burden anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will keep myself from being a burden. 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting ⌊of mine⌋c will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia. 11 ⌊Why⌋d? Because I do not love you? God knows I do! 12 But what I am doing, I will also do, in order that I may remove the opportunity of those who want an opportunity, that they may be found just as also we are in what they are boasting about. 13 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not a great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
Literally “to the things immeasurable”
Here “if” is supplied as a component of the participle (“reached”) which is understood as conditional
Literally “to the things immeasurable”
A quotation from Jer 9:24
Literally “a little something of foolishness”
Some interpreters take this to refer to the original apostles in Jerusalem; others take Paul to be referring sarcastically to his opponents in Corinth.
Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“humbling”) which is understood as means
Here “by” is supplied as a component of the participle (“accepting”) which is understood as means
Here “when” is supplied as a component of the participle (“was present”) which is understood as temporal
Literally “to me”
Literally “because of what”
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