Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1But please be patient with me a little, while I speak foolishly, even if you are impatient with me. 2For I am jealous over you with the jealousy of God, for I have betrothed you as a pure virgin to one Man, to present to The Messiah. 3But I fear lest, as The Serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, that your minds may also in this way be corrupted from the simplicity that is in The Messiah. 4For if he who comes to you would preach another Yeshua to you, whom we have not preached to you, or you should receive another spirit which you have not received, or another gospel which you have not received, you may well be persuaded. 5For I think that I have not come short in anything compared to those Apostles who greatly excel. 6For although I am simple in my speech, yet I am not in my knowledge, but we have been open with you in all things.
7Or have I committed a crime to humble myself that you may be exalted, and to preach The Gospel of God to you without charge? 8And I robbed other assemblies and took expenses for your service. 9And when I came among you and had need, I was not a burden to anyone of you, for the brethren who came from Macedonia satisfied my want, and in everything I kept myself and shall keep, lest I be a burden to you. 10The truth of The Messiah is in me so that this boasting shall not fail me in the region of Akaia. 11Why, because I do not love you? God knows.
12But this that I do, I also shall do to cut off the accusations of those who seek a pretext, so in that by which they brag, they will be found like us. 13For these are false Apostles and treacherous workers and they liken themselves to the Apostles of The Messiah. 14And not to wonder at this, for if he who is Satan resembles an Angel of light, 15It is not a great matter if also his Ministers imitate Ministers of righteousness, those whose end will be like their works.
16But 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. 17Everything that I speak, it is not by Our Lord that I speak, but as in folly on this occasion of boasting. 18Because many boast in the flesh, I also shall brag. 19Are you of those who are listening to the stupid, while you are wise? 20And do you submit to the one who is subject to you and to him who embezzles you and to him who takes from you and to him who exalts himself over you and to him who strikes you on your face? 21I speak as one in dishonor, as if we are poor through stupidity. I say that in all things that a man presumes, I also presume. 22If they are Hebrews, I am also; if they are Israelites, I am also; if they are the seed of Abraham, I am also. 23If they are Ministers of The Messiah, in stupidity I say that I am greater than they, in more toil than they, with more wounds than they, in chains more than they, in death many times. 24And I have been whipped by the Judeans five times with forty stripes minus one. 25Three times I have been scourged with rods, one time I was stoned, three times I have been shipwrecked, a day and a night I have been in the sea without a ship, 26On many journeys, in dangers of rivers, in dangers of robbers, in dangers from my kindred, in dangers from the Gentiles, in dangers in the city, in dangers in the desert, in dangers in the sea, in dangers by false brethren, 27In toil and in fatigue, in many vigils, in hunger and in thirst, in many fasts, in cold and in nakedness, 28Aside from much more, the crowds who are with me everyday, and my care which I have in my person for all the churches. 29Who is suffering, and I do not suffer? Who has been subverted and I do not burn?
30If it is fitting to boast, I shall boast in my sufferings. 31God The Father of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, blessed to the eternity of eternities, knows that I do not lie. 32In Dramsuq, the Captain of the Army of Aretus, The King, was guarding the city of the Damascenes to seize me, 33And from a window in a basket they lowered me from a wall and I escaped from their hands.