2 Corinthians 11:16
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New International Version
I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then tolerate me just as you would a fool, so that I may do a little boasting.

New Living Translation
Again I say, don't think that I am a fool to talk like this. But even if you do, listen to me, as you would to a foolish person, while I also boast a little.

English Standard Version
I repeat, let no one think me foolish. But even if you do, accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.

Berean Study Bible
I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.

Berean Literal Bible
Again I say, no one should think me to be a fool; but if otherwise, receive me even as a fool, that I also may boast a little.

New American Standard Bible
Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.

King James Bible
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I repeat: No one should consider me a fool. But if you do, at least accept me as a fool, so I too may boast a little.

International Standard Version
I will say it again: No one should think that I am a fool. But if you do, then treat me like a fool so that I can also boast a little.

NET Bible
I say again, let no one think that I am a fool. But if you do, then at least accept me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little.

New Heart English Bible
I say again, let no one think me foolish. But if so, yet receive me as foolish, that I also may boast a little.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But again, I say, no man should think of me as if I am a fool; otherwise, even as a fool receive me, so that I may brag a little.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Again I say that no one should think that I'm a fool. But if you do, then take me for a fool so that I can also brag a little.

New American Standard 1977
Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, that I also may boast a little.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I say again, Let no one think me a fool if otherwise, receive me as a fool, that I may yet glory a little.

King James 2000 Bible
I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
I say again, let no man think me foolish; but if ye do , yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I say again, (let no man think me to be foolish, otherwise take me as one foolish, that I also may glory a little.)

Darby Bible Translation
Again I say, Let not any one think me to be a fool; but if otherwise, receive me then even as a fool, that I also may boast myself some little.

English Revised Version
I say again, Let no man think me foolish; but if ye do, yet as foolish receive me, that I also may glory a little.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
To return to what I was saying. Let no one suppose that I am foolish. Or if you must, at any rate make allowance for me as being foolish, in order that I, as well as they, may boast a little.

World English Bible
I say again, let no one think me foolish. But if so, yet receive me as foolish, that I also may boast a little.

Young's Literal Translation
Again I say, may no one think me to be a fool; and if otherwise, even as a fool receive me, that I also a little may boast.
Study Bible
Paul's Suffering and Service
15It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions. 16I repeat: Let no one take me for a fool. But if you do, then receive me as a fool, so that I too may boast a little. 17In this confident boasting of mine, I am not speaking as the Lord would, but as a fool.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 5:13
If we are out of our mind, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.

2 Corinthians 11:1
I hope you will bear with a little of my foolishness, but you are already doing that.

2 Corinthians 12:1
I must go on boasting. Although there is nothing to gain, I will go on to visions and revelations from the Lord.

2 Corinthians 12:6
Even if I wanted to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me,

2 Corinthians 12:11
I have become a fool, but you drove me to it. In fact, you should have commended me, since I am in no way inferior to those "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.
Treasury of Scripture

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.

2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed …

Let.

2 Corinthians 11:21-23 I speak as concerning reproach, as though we had been weak. However, …

2 Corinthians 12:6,11 For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I …

receive me. or, suffer me.

2 Corinthians 11:1,19 Would to God you could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed …

(16) I say again, Let no man think me a fool . . .--The stinging word is repeated from 2Corinthians 11:1. He protests against the justice of the taunt. He pleads that, even if they think him "insane" (this, rather than mere foolishness, is probably the meaning of the word), they will give him the attention which, even in that case, most men would give--which they, at least, were giving to men to whom that term might far more justly be applied.

Verses 16-33. - Apology by contrast. Verse 16. - I say again. St. Paul evidently feels an almost invincible repugnance to begin to speak of his own works. He has twice swerved away from the task (2 Corinthians 10:8; 2 Corinthians 11:1, 6) to speak of collateral topics. Now at last he begins, but only (to our grievous loss) to break off abruptly in ver. 33, before the story of his past sufferings has been much more than begun. A fool... boast. Here, again, we have the two haunting words of this section (see note on ver. 1; 1 Corinthians 15:36; 1 Corinthians 13:3). "Boast" occurs sixteen times in these three chapters alone. That I; rather, that I also. I say again, let no man think me a fool,.... For praising himself, or speaking in his own commendation; which he was obliged to do, in vindication of his own character, against the false apostles, for the sake of the Gospel he preached, and for the advantage and welfare of the Corinthians; that they might not be imposed upon and carried away with the insinuations of these deceitful men; wherefore he desires them once more, that if he must be accounted a fool for speaking in his own behalf;

if otherwise, says he, if they could not be persuaded that he acted a wise part, but must be looked upon as a fool, for what he said of himself,

yet as a fool receive me; or "suffer me", or bear with my folly: he desires that he might have, and use the liberty which fools have usually granted to them, to speak out the truth, and all they know, which is not always allowed to wise men:

that I may boast myself a little; in a few instances, and for a small space of time; he suggests, that the false apostles boasted much of themselves, and they bore with them, and had done so for a great while; and therefore it was no unreasonable request he made, that they would also suffer him to boast of himself a little, especially since there was such an absolute necessity for it. 16. I say again—again taking up from 2Co 11:1 the anticipatory apology for his boasting.

if otherwise—but if ye will not grant this; if ye will think me a fool.

yet as a fool—"yet even as a fool receive me"; grant me the indulgent hearing conceded even to one suspected of folly. The Greek denotes one who does not rightly use his mental powers; not having the idea of blame necessarily attached to it; one deceived by foolish vanities, yet boasting himself [Tittmann], (2Co 11:17, 19).

that I—The oldest manuscripts read, "that I, too," namely, as well as they, may boast myself.11:16-21 It is the duty and practice of Christians to humble themselves, in obedience to the command and example of the Lord; yet prudence must direct in what it is needful to do things which we may do lawfully, even the speaking of what God has wrought for us, and in us, and by us. Doubtless here is reference to facts in which the character of the false apostles had been shown. It is astonishing to see how such men bring their followers into bondage, and how they take from them and insult them.
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