Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
 

11:23 I am more. This remarkable catalog of Paul’s sufferings endured in preaching the gospel (II Corinthians 11:23-33) certainly demonstrates the fulfillment and reality of his original call (e.g., Acts 9:15). It is only a representative list, not including all of his sufferings as described in Acts. On the other hand, it includes a number of items not mentioned in Acts, showing thereby that the book of Acts was not written as a biography of Paul or other apostles but rather to chronicle the spreading of the gospel in the early years of Christianity.


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