2 Corinthians 11:17
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New International Version
In this self-confident boasting I am not talking as the Lord would, but as a fool.

New Living Translation
Such boasting is not from the Lord, but I am acting like a fool.

English Standard Version
What I am saying with this boastful confidence, I say not as the Lord would but as a fool.

Berean Study Bible
In this confident boasting of mine, I am not speaking as the Lord would, but as a fool.

Berean Literal Bible
What I am saying in this confidence of boasting, I am not saying according to the Lord, but as in foolishness.

New American Standard Bible
What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.

King James Bible
That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What I say in this matter of boasting, I don't speak as the Lord would, but foolishly.

International Standard Version
When I talk as a confident boaster, I am not talking with the Lord's authority but like a fool.

NET Bible
What I am saying with this boastful confidence I do not say the way the Lord would. Instead it is, as it were, foolishness.

New Heart English Bible
That which I speak, I do not speak according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Everything that I speak, it is not by our Lord that I speak, but as in folly on this occasion of boasting.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What I say as I start bragging is foolishness. It's not something I would say if I were speaking for the Lord.

New American Standard 1977
That which I am speaking, I am not speaking as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That which I speak, I speak it not according to the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of glory.

King James 2000 Bible
That which I speak, I speak it not according to the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

American King James Version
That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

American Standard Version
That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That which I speak, I speak not according to God, but as it were in foolishness, in this matter of glorying.

Darby Bible Translation
What I speak I do not speak according to [the] Lord, but as in folly, in this confidence of boasting.

English Revised Version
That which I speak, I speak not after the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of glorying.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which I speak, I speak it not according to the Lord, but as it were foolishly, in this confidence of boasting.

Weymouth New Testament
What I am now saying, I do not say by the Lord's command, but as a fool in his folly might, in this reckless boasting.

World English Bible
That which I speak, I don't speak according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.

Young's Literal Translation
That which I speak, I speak not according to the Lord, but as in foolishness, in this the confidence of boasting;
Study Bible
Paul's Suffering and Service
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. 18Since many are boasting according to the flesh, I too will boast.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:12
To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord): If a brother has an unbelieving wife and she is willing to live with him, he must not divorce her.

1 Corinthians 7:25
Now about virgins, I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

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

2 Corinthians 11:21
To my shame I concede that we were too weak for that! Speaking as a fool, however, I can match what anyone else dares to boast about.
Treasury of Scripture

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 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment…

foolishly.

2 Corinthians 11:18-27 Seeing that many glory after the flesh, I will glory also…

2 Corinthians 9:4 Lest haply if they of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, …

Philippians 3:3-6 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and …

(17) I speak it not after the Lord, but as it were foolishly.--Better, in foolishness; as keeping up the emphatic repetition of the same word in the English as in the Greek. From one point of view the distinction drawn is the same as that which we find in 1Corinthians 7:6; 1Corinthians 7:10; 1Corinthians 7:12. There is, however, a marked difference in the subject-matter of the two cases. There he distinguishes a private opinion from a principle or rule which he feels to be divine. Here he draws the line of demarcation between human feelings and a divine inspiration. It is, of course, easy to raise questions which would be hard, if they were not also frivolous and foolish. Are we to class what he places on the lower side of the boundary-line as inspired or uninspired teaching? If the former, are we not contradicting what he writes as inspired? If the latter, are we not depriving what follows of the authority of an inspired writing? Are we not, in so doing, admitting the principle of recognising a human element mingling with the divine in other parts of Scripture as well as this? The answer to these questions, so far as they need an answer, is best found in taking St. Paul's words in their plain and natural sense, believing that his words have just the authority which he claims for them, and no more. Speaking apart from these questions, there is something almost pathetic in the consciousness which he feels that self-vindication can never, as such, come from the Spirit of God, and that it is, at the best, a pardonable human weakness. It is not wrong, or else his conscience would have forbidden it. It is not the note of the highest or noblest temper, or else he would have felt the Spirit's guidance in it.

Verse 17. - Not after the Lord. "Boasting," or what might be stigmatized as such, may become a sort of painful necessity, necessitated by human baseness; but in itself it cannot be "after the Lord." There is nothing Christ-like in it. It is human, not Divine; an earthly necessity, not a heavenly example; a sword of the giant Philistine, which yet David may be forced to use. Confidence; hypostasis, as in 2 Corinthians 9:4, where exactly the same phrase occurs. That which I speak,.... Meaning in vindication and commendation of himself, on this subject of glorying; or, as here expressed,

in this confidence of boasting; for which he thought he had good ground and foundation to go upon, and therefore might express himself with the greatest assurance, see 2 Corinthians 9:4 this he declares he spoke not as from the Lord, but of himself:

I speak it not after the Lord; or "Christ", as some copies read; or "our Lord", as the Syriac version; his sense is, that he did not then speak as an apostle, or one sent by Christ; he put off this character for the present, and took that of a fool upon him, that he might speak the more freely to the Corinthians, and the more severely against the false apostles; he did not pretend to any express command from Christ for so doing, or that he acted in imitation of him, who was meek and lowly; or that what he said came from the Spirit of the Lord; or, indeed, that it was agreeably to his own Spirit, and the principles of grace formed in him; but was obliged to it, through the boasts of the false apostles; which though it was not criminal and unlawful, but necessary, right, and proper, considering the reasons of it, the end for which, and the intention and view with which it was done; yet viewing the form and manner of this boasting, without attending to the circumstances of it, it had the appearance of folly: wherefore the apostle says, he spoke not as according to the commandment, or example of his Lord; or according to the Spirit of the Lord, or his own Spirit, as renewed by his grace:

but as it were foolishly; he does not say that what he said was foolishness, but it looked like it, and would be deemed so by such who were strangers to the true springs of it. 17. not after the Lord—By inspired guidance he excepts this "glorying" or "boasting" from the inspired authoritativeness which belongs to all else that he wrote; even this boasting, though undesirable in itself, was permitted by the Spirit, taking into account its aim, namely, to draw off the Corinthians from their false teachers to the apostle. Therefore this passage gives no proof that any portion of Scripture is uninspired. It merely guards against his boasting being made a justification of boasting in general, which is not ordinarily "after the Lord," that is, consistent with Christian humility.

foolishly—Greek, "in foolishness."

confidence of boasting—(2Co 9:4).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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