Do ye then think that we are making apologies to you? No, we speak before God in Christ: and all, my beloved, for your edification.
I say the truth in Christ, I lye not, (my conscience bearing me witness in the holy Ghost,)
For though I should boast yet more of our authority, (which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction) I should not be ashamed:
What is then to be done, my brethren? when ye come together, if any of you hath a psalm, a doctrine, a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation,---let all be done for edification.
Avenge not yourselves, my beloved; but rather give place to the wrath of others: for it is written, "Vengeance belongeth to me, I will recompence, saith the Lord."
If others partake of this power over you, may not we rather? though we have not used this power; but we bear all things, least we should cause any hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
Even as I also endeavour to please all men in all things, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
Do we begin again to recommend ourselves? or do we need, as some do, recommendatory epistles to you, or letters of recommendation from you?
for we are not again recommending ourselves to you, but giving you an occasion of glorying on our account; that ye may have somewhat to answer those who glory in appearance, and not in heart.
Having therefore, my beloved, these promises, let us purify ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
As the truth of Christ is in me, this boast shall not be taken from me in the regions of Achaia.
And the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for ever, knoweth that I lye not.
And I will with the greatest pleasure spend and be spent for your souls; even though the more I love you, the less I should be loved.
Therefore I write these things while absent, that when present I may not use severity, according to the power which the Lord hath given me for edification, and not for destruction.