Am I a fool? (2 Cor. 11:16)

“I repeat!

Let no one think

That I am a fool.

But even if you do,

Then accept me

As a fool,

So that I too

May boast a little.”

Πάλιν λέγω, μή τίς με δόξῃ ἄφρονα εἶναι· εἰ δὲ μήγε, κἂν ὡς ἄφρονα δέξασθέ με, ἵνα κἀγὼ μικρόν τι καυχήσωμαι.

Paul said, “I repeat (Πάλιν λέγω)!  Let no one think (μή τίς με δόξῃ) that I am a fool (ἄφρονα εἶναι).  But even if you do (εἰ δὲ μήγε), then accept me (δέξασθέ με) as a fool (κἂν ὡς ἄφρονα), so that I too may boast a little (ἵνα κἀγὼ μικρόν τι καυχήσωμαι).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word καυχήσωμαι that means boasting, glorying, or exultation. Paul indicated that he was going to repeat himself.  They should realize that he was not a fool.  However, if they thought that he was a fool, he was willing to oblige.  He was going to do some human boasting.  Paul was not afraid to take on these false apostles.  He would present his human case for being an apostle.  Do people think that you are foolish?

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