Begin we again to recommend ourselves or need we not, as some; recommendatory epistles to you, or recommendatory from you?
And he wishing to pass through to Achaia, the brethren having encouraged, wrote to the disciples to receive him: who having arrived, profited much them having believed through grace:
For not again do we recommend ourselves to you, but giving you occasion for boasting over us, that ye might have for them boasting in face, and not in heart.
I have been mad boasting; ye forced me: for I ought to have been recommended by you: for I was not greatly inferior to the sent, if also I am nothing.
And when I be present, whom ye approve by letters, these will I send to carry your grace to Jerusalem.
For we dare not appear or join ourselves to certain of them recommending themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and joining themselves to themselves, do not understand.
According to the grace of God given to me, as a wise chief-architect, I have laid the foundation, and another builds upon. And let each see how he builds upon.
For if ye have ten thousand preceptors in Christ, but not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus by the good news I begat you.
As I also please in all things to all, not seeking my advantage, but that of many, that they might be saved.
For we are not as the many adulterating the word of God: but as of purity, but as of God, before the face of God speak we in Christ.
For if I also boast something more abundantly of our power, which the Lord gave us for the building up, and not for your taking down, I shall not be ashamed:
Again, think ye that we excuse ourselves to you? before God in Christ we speak: and all things, beloved, for your building up.