"Suffer Fools Gladly"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 104

Context: Paul writes a vehement letter to the church at Corinth, which is guilty of rejecting him in favor of false prophets. The Corinthian Christians have easily been made fools of by the false leaders; so Paul tries, with irony, also to reach them on the basis of foolishness. In boasting of his missionary accomplishments, Paul explains the manner with which he has chosen to treat the erring church:

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I say again, Let no man think me a fool; if otherwise, yet as a fool receive me, that I may boast myself a little.
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For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise.

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