The truth of Christ is in me that this pride in me will not be stopped in the regions of Achaia.
I say the truth in Christ, I do not lie, my conscience testifying to me in the Holy Spirit,
But Gallio being proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord attacked Paul and brought him to the judgment seat,
For God is my witness whom I serve in my spirit in the good-news of his Son, how unceasingly I make mention of you always in my prayers,
But I call God for a witness upon my soul, that I did not yet come to Corinth, sparing you.
And when he intended to pass through into Achaia, the brothers wrote, having encouraged the disciples to receive him, who, when he arrived, assisted much those who believed through the grace.
But I have used none of these things, and I did not write these things so that it should be done to me this way. For it is good for me rather to die, than that any man should make my boasting empty.
Now I beseech you, brothers (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruit of Achaia, and that they committed themselves to service for the sanctified),
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Timothy the brother, to the congregation of God that is at Corinth, with all the sanctified who are in the whole of Achaia.
For I know your willingness, which I boast about you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was prepared from a year ago. And your zeal provoked the majority.
not boasting in things immeasurable, in other men's labors, but having hope of your faith growing in you to be enlarged according to our measure for abundance,
But what I do, I also will do, so that I may cut off the opportunity of those who desire an opportunity, that in what they boast, they might appear just as we also.
I say again, let not any man think me to be foolish, but if otherwise--even if as foolish--accept me, so that I also may boast some a little.
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, he who is blessed into the ages, knows that I do not lie.
Again, do ye think that we are making defense to you? In the sight of God we speak in Christ. But all things, beloved, are for your edification.
in order for you to become examples to all those who believe, in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For we came neither in word of flattery (at any time as ye know) nor a pretense of greed (God is witness)
Ye are witnesses, and God, how piously and justly and blamelessly we became to you who believe,