2 Corinthians 11:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 11:26, NIV: I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers.

2 Corinthians 11:26, ESV: on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers;

2 Corinthians 11:26, KJV: In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

2 Corinthians 11:26, NASB: I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers;

2 Corinthians 11:26, NLT: I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not.

2 Corinthians 11:26, CSB: On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, and dangers among false brothers;

What does 2 Corinthians 11:26 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

To put it mildly, life as a missionary and evangelist in the ancient world was dangerous. Paul is "boasting" about his service to Christ. This is a deliberate and sarcastic tactic meant to shame his critics (2 Corinthians 11:21, 23). Rather than a string of victories, the service so far described includes only a series of terrible attacks, beatings, imprisonments, and disasters at sea. Now he adds to the list.

Paul's life of near-constant traveling was marked by danger from every imaginable source. Natural threats included crossing rivers and seas. Frequent dangers included being robbed or attacked by criminals in cities and in the wild lands between cities. Paul's specific mission brought him under threat from his own people, the Jews, as well as from Gentiles, including the Roman Empire. He even faced dangers from other supposed Christians, "false brothers," who pretended to belong to Christ but in reality served only themselves and saw Paul as a threat to their scams.