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2 Corinthians 11:19

    2 Corinthians 11:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    For you suffer fools gladly, seeing you yourselves are wise.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves .

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For you put up with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves.

    Webster's Revision

    For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves .

    World English Bible

    For you bear with the foolish gladly, being wise.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For ye bear with the foolish gladly, being wise yourselves.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Corinthians 11:19

    Ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise - A very fine irony. Ye are so profoundly wise as to be able to discern that I am a fool. Well, it would be dishonorable to you as wise men to fall out with a fool; you will therefore gladly bear with his impertinence and foolishness because of your own profound wisdom.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Corinthians 11:19

    For ye suffer fools gladly - You tolerate or endure those who are really fools. This is perhaps, says Dr. Bloomfield, the most sarcastic sentence ever penned by the apostle Paul. Its sense is, "You profess to be wondrous wise. And yet you who are so wise a people, freely tolerate those who are foolish in their boasting; who proclaim their own merits and attainments. You may allow me, therefore, to come in for my share, and boast also, and thus obtain your favor." Or it may mean, "You are so profoundly wise as easily to see who are fools. You have great power of discernment in this, and have found out that I am a fool, and also that other boasters are fools. Yet knowing this, you bear patiently with such fools; have admitted them to your favor and friendship, and I may come in among the rest of the fools, and partake also of your favors." They had borne with the false apostles who had boasted of their endowments, and yet they claimed to be eminent for wisdom and discernment.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Corinthians 11:19

    11:19 Being wise - A beautiful irony.