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.
Would you could bear with me a little in my vanity, but indeed you do bear with me.
so when you have done all that you were commanded to do, say, we are unprofitable servants; we have only done what was our duty to do.
while one cries I am Paul's disciple, and another, I am Apollo's, are ye not vicious?
whether Paul or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come;
and last of all, he was seen by me too, who am as it were an abortive;
but whether I am afflicted, it is for your consolation and relief, which is effected by your perseverance, patiently enduring the same sufferings which I also undergo: or whether I am comforted, it is for your consolation and relief.
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.
tho' if I had a mind to glory, I might do it without vanity, for I should say nothing but what is true: but now I forbear, lest any man should ascribe more to me than my actions, or my preaching can justify.
the marks indeed of an apostle I have shown among you by my extreme patience, by signs, and prodigies, and miracles.
But as for those who were men of real eminency, how considerable soever they were heretofore, it does not any ways affect me; God accepts not the person of any man: for they who were of note, in conference with me, had nothing new to add.