Am I become vain in boasting? ye have forced me to it: for I ought to have been recommended by you, as I have in nothing fallen short of the very chiefest of the apostles, though in myself I am nothing.
For I think I was not inferior to the very chiefest apostles: and if I am unskilled in speech,
I think not. So likewise ye, when ye have done all things that were commanded you, say we are unprofitable servants, for we have done only what we ought to do.
For when one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal?
whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or future, all are yours;
And last of all He appeared to me also, as one born out of due time: for I am the lest of the apostles,
And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is wrought out by the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or if we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
I say again, let no one think me foolish herein; but if they do, yet bear with my weakness, that I also may boast a little.
For though I should incline to boast, I shall not be a fool; for I should speak truth. But I forbear least any one should think of me above what he seeth me to be, or heareth from me.
The marks indeed of an apostle have been shewn among you with all patience, by signs, and wonders, and miracles.
And as to those who seemed to be men of note, whatever they were, it is all one to me, (God accepteth no man's person) for even these eminent persons added nothing more to me.