I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren…2Cor11:26 nasb
In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren…2Cor11:26 kjb
In my journeys as a pilgrim, I have encountered many troubles and dangers. I have been in peril from the flood of lies and satanic evil that the serpent has poured out of his mouth after me, to try to sweep me away. I have been in the peril from the robbers along the road who attacked me, beat me and tried to strip me of everything I am and everything I have in Christ. I have been in peril from my own countrymen; people who claimed to be my Christian brethren but they treated me with betrayal, contempt, rejection, condemnation and hate. I’ve been in peril from the heathen who have laughed at and mocked and threatened and cursed me. I was in peril for many years in the “city of Christendom” where I naïvely thought I would be safe. I have been in peril in the wilderness, where I found as many spiritual dangers there as in the city! And I have been in peril from the great dragon-powered Beast that has risen out of the sea, that kills and destroys it’s enemies; the Beast that the whole world (and the whole Church) wonders after! I’ve been in peril from false “brethren” who have wanted to kill me! Why such perils? Because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.