I have become a fool; it is ye that compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing was I behind the very foremost apostles, though I am nothing.
Would that ye could bear with me in a little folly! and indeed ye do bear with me.
So also do ye, when ye have done all that hath been commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were bound to do.
For while one saith, I am of Paul, and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not [like common] men?
whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come,all are yours;
And last of all, as to one born out of due time, he appeared also to me.
And whether we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation, which showeth its power in enabling you to bear patiently the same sufferings which we also endure; and our hope is steadfast in your behalf; or whether we are comforted, it is for your comfort and salvation,
I say again, let no one suppose me a fool; if otherwise, yet even as a fool receive me, that I too may boast myself a little.
For if I should desire to boast, I should not be a fool; for I should say the truth; but I forbear, lest any one should think of me above what he seeth me to be, or what he heareth from me.
Truly the signs of an apostle were wrought among you with all endurance, by signs, and wonders, and mighty deeds.
But from those who were reputed to be somewhatwhatever they were, it matters not to me, (God accepteth no mans person,) for to me those in reputation communicated nothing new.