New International Version
I do not think I am in the least inferior to those "super-apostles."
King James Bible
For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.
Darby Bible Translation
For I reckon that in nothing I am behind those who are in surpassing degree apostles.
World English Bible
For I reckon that I am not at all behind the very best apostles.
Young's Literal Translation
for I reckon that I have been nothing behind the very chiefest apostles,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I was not - behind the very chiefest apostles - That is: The most eminent of the apostles have not preached Christ, ministered the spirit, explained and enforced the doctrines of the Gospel in a more powerful and effectual manner than I have done.
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2 Corinthians 12:11
I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the "super-apostles," even though I am nothing.
As for those who were held in high esteem--whatever they were makes no difference to me; God does not show favoritism--they added nothing to my message.
James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised.
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