because, "His letters, indeed," says one, "are weighty and strong, but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
For Christ sent me not to immerse, but to proclaim the Gospel; not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made void.
And, though I be rude in speech, yet am I not rude in knowledge; but in every way having manifested it toward you in all things.
but ye know that through weakness of the flesh I proclaimed the Gospel to you formerly;
For, since in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom knew not God, God was pleased through the foolishness of preaching to save those who believe;
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God;
Now I, Paul, myself entreat you, through the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in your presence, indeed, am lowly among you; but, being absent, am bold toward you;
On behalf of such a one I will glory; but on my own behalf I will not glory, except in my weaknesses.