I speak as a fool (2 Cor. 11:17)

“In regard to this boastful confidence,

I am saying this,

Not with the Lord’s authority

But as a fool.”

ὃ λαλῶ, οὐ κατὰ Κύριον λαλῶ, ἀλλ’ ὡς ἐν ἀφροσύνῃ, ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ ὑποστάσει τῆς καυχήσεως.

Paul said, “In regard to this boastful confidence (ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ ὑποστάσει τῆς καυχήσεως), I am saying (ὃ λαλῶ) this not with the Lord’s authority (οὐ κατὰ Κύριον λαλῶ) but as a fool (ὡς ἐν ἀφροσύνῃ).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ὑποστάσει, that means a support, substance, steadiness, assurance, or confidence, and the word καυχήσεως, that means boasting, glorying, or exultation.  Paul took on the human challenge of defending himself with boastful confidence.  He was not saying this with the Lord’s authority, but as a human fool.  He was willing to play the game of human comparisons.  Have you ever been foolish?