I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody.
For I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles.
I wish that you would bear with me in a little foolishness; but indeed you are bearing with me.
So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”
For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?
whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you,
and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.
But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;
Again I say, let no one think me foolish; but if you do, receive me even as foolish, so that I also may boast a little.
For if I do wish to boast I will not be foolish, for I will be speaking the truth; but I refrain from this, so that no one will credit me with more than he sees in me or hears from me.
The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders and miracles.
But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)—well, those who were of reputation contributed nothing to me.
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ,