Apostle Paul Does Not Like That He Had To Resort To Bragging To Prove A Point 16Again I say that 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
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. [meaning only fools brag] 17What I say as I start bragging is foolishness. It's not something I would say if I were speaking for the Lord. 18Since it's common for people to brag, I'll do it too. 19You're wise, so you'll gladly put up with fools. [meaning the opposite if you are wise you would not be putting up with those fools.]
[Apostle Paul is writing to tell them I can stoop to a lower level like these other false apostles but I choose not to do that. when speaking for the Lord we can brag about nothing, it is only by grace that we are saved.]
Apostle Paul Is Saying The Corinthians Are Becoming A Doormat For False Gospels 20When someone makes you 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
slaves, consumes your wealth, seizes your property, orders you around, or slaps your faces, you put up with it.
21I'm ashamed to admit it, but Timothy and I don't have the strength to do those things to you. [apparently the church was being taken advantage of by these false teachers]