What does 2 Corinthians 11:31 mean?
ESV: The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
NIV: The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is to be praised forever, knows that I am not lying.
NASB: The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, He who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
CSB: The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, who is blessed forever, knows I am not lying.
NLT: God, the Father of our Lord Jesus, who is worthy of eternal praise, knows I am not lying.
KJV: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore, knoweth that I lie not.
NKJV: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
Verse Commentary:
To counter false teachers, Paul sarcastically "boasts" about his Christian service, a description that mostly entails the hardships he has survived. He may have sensed that the list of ways he has suffered for Christ sounds like a lot. Maybe he wonders if some of his readers will doubt him. He is aware, also, that what he is about to describe in the following chapter may even be more difficult to believe. He finds it necessary here to insist that he is not lying, staking his claim to truthfulness on God Himself.

He writes that the God and Father of Jesus, who is Lord and is blessed forever, knows that Paul is not lying either about what he has said or about what he is about to say. Claiming God as his literal witness is the highest form of assurance Paul can give to his readers that he is telling the truth.
Verse Context:
Second Corinthians 11:16–33 includes Paul's long list of ways he has suffered in his service to Christ. He describes this as crazy talk, mocking the arrogant style of the false apostles. In truth, the Corinthians probably would have thought of these as signs of failure, weakness, and loss. Paul is shocked that they are so willing to be mistreated by the false apostles. This abuse was something Paul was ''too weak'' to do in his Christlike service for them. Paul's discussion of his weakness will lead to his conclusion in the following chapter that Christ is strongest in him when he is weak.
Chapter Summary:
Second Corinthians 11 compares the believers in Corinth to a betrothed bride. It also pictures them as Eve facing temptation from the snake in the garden in Genesis 3. Paul's job as their spiritual father is to protect them from the lies of false apostles. These deceivers disguise themselves as servants of righteousness in the same way that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Paul is shocked the Corinthians put up with such harsh treatment from these men. He sarcastically pretends to brag about himself as the false teachers do about themselves. Instead, he boasts mostly about the ways he has endured suffering in his service to Christ.
Chapter Context:
Chapter 11 follows Paul's warning in the previous chapter. There, he vowed to be as bold as needed when he comes to see them in person. He describes himself as a protective spiritual father trying to save the Corinthians from the deceptions of the false apostles to teach a false gospel about a false Jesus. He is shocked the Corinthians put up with their harsh treatment and says he has decided to foolishly boast in order to compete with the false apostles. His boasting about his service to Christ, though, is mostly a long list of all the ways he has suffered for Christ. That theme continues into chapter 12, where Paul explains just how much his suffering has improved his walk with Christ.
Book Summary:
Second Corinthians returns to similar themes as those Paul mentioned in his first letter to this church. Paul is glad to hear that the church in Corinth has heeded his advice. At the same time, it is necessary for Paul to counter criticisms about his personality and legitimacy. Most of this text involves that subject. The fifth chapter, in contrast, contains comforting words which Christians have quoted often in times of hardship. Paul also details his expectations that the church in Corinth will make good on their promise to contribute to the needs of suffering believers in Jerusalem.
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