Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.
House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.
In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing;
The Lord has greatly blessed my master, so that he has become rich; and He has given him flocks and herds, and silver and gold, and servants and maids, and camels and donkeys.
Rachel and Leah said to him, “Do we still have any portion or inheritance in our father’s house?
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, And the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.
“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock?
I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.
But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.
If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.
But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia;
This is the third time I am coming to you. Every fact is to be confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, in this way stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.
Not that I seek the gift itself, but I seek for the profit which increases to your account.
For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed— God is witness—
Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.
just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?
shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;