2 Corinthians 11:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 11:4, NIV: For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.

2 Corinthians 11:4, ESV: For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

2 Corinthians 11:4, KJV: For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

2 Corinthians 11:4, NASB: For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, this you tolerate very well!

2 Corinthians 11:4, NLT: You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed.

2 Corinthians 11:4, CSB: For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!

What does 2 Corinthians 11:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul has been defending himself against accusations that he is a false apostle driven by false motives. He now begins to properly identify his opponents in Corinth. They apparently speak more fluently and boldly than Paul. Perhaps they promise the Corinthians things from God that Paul does not.

He has written boldly that he is jealous for the Corinthians on behalf of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:1–3). They belong to Christ, as a betrothed woman belongs to her promised husband. These false teachers are trying to seduce them away from true devotion to Christ. In that way, Paul's attackers are like the serpent tempting Eve to sin (Genesis 3:1–8).

Deceit is part of these false teachers, in that they also teach their warped version of Jesus, the Spirit, and the gospel. Paul makes it clear these are not true versions of any of those things. The false apostles' views of Jesus, Spirit, and gospel of the false apostles in Corinth were all different from those taught by God. They were false.

Paul is bothered that the Corinthians have accepted this false teaching easily enough. He's concerned at how they resist his true teaching. He also seems worried that they do not reject teaching about Christ that is so clearly false. They should not accept these false teachers so easily.