Would you could bear with me a little in my vanity, but indeed you do bear with me.
for if I glory even to transport, my glorying is in God: if I am moderate, my glorying is for your service.
if he that is come to you, preaches another Jesus whom I have not preached, or if ye receive other gifts of the spirit, than what ye have received from me, or another gospel, than what you have accepted, you might well bear with his pretensions:
for as wise as you are your selves, you easily bear with the folly of others.
I say it again, let no man think me vain; but if they do, yet as such, bear with me, that I too may applaud my self a little.
upon which Jesus answered, incredulous and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?
and when Paul was going to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, "if it were a matter of some injustice or something immoral, O Jews, it would be reasonable to hear you out.
I pray God, said Paul, that not only you, but all that now hear me, were both almost and altogether such as I am, the circumstance of my bonds excepted.
for whereas the world, with all their learning, did not distinguish the characters of his divine wisdom, in his works, it pleased God to save those who believe, by preaching, which they counted folly.
let no man deceive himself: if any among you pretends to worldly wisdom, let him commence fool, in order to be truly wise.
You have already a sufficiency, you already abound, you live like princes in our absence: and would to God you did reign, that we too might have the advantage of your administration.
we are made fools for our attachment to Christ, while you, who are christians too, still pass for the wise: we are in poverty, but you are in power: you meet with esteem, but we find contempt.
Am I become vain? 'tis you have forc'd me to it: for I ought to have been commended by you: since I am not inferior to the chiefest of the apostles, tho' in myself I am nothing.