I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me.
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as
a pure virgin to Christ.
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his trickery, your minds will be led astray from sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, this
you tolerate very
For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.
But even if I am unskilled in speech, yet I am not so
in knowledge; in fact, in every way we have made this
evident to you in all things.
Or did I commit a sin by humbling myself so that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you without charge?
I robbed other churches by taking wages from them
to serve you;
and when I was present with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone; for when the brothers came from Macedonia they fully supplied my need, and in everything I kept myself from being a burden to you, and will continue to do so.
As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.