Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some, commendatory epistles to you or from you?
And he wishing to go into Achaia, the brothers sent him, and wrote to the disciples to receive him. And when he came he helped those much who had believed through the grace;
For we do not again commend ourselves to you, but give you occasion to glory on our account, that you may have something for those that glory in appearance and not in heart.
I have become foolish; you compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for in nothing am I behind the chief of the apostles, though I also am nothing.
And when I come, whom you shall approve, these will I send with letters to carry your charity to Jerusalem;
For we dare not judge or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves; but they, measuring themselves with themselves, and comparing themselves with themselves, are not wise.
According to the grace of God given me as a wise architect I have laid a foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one see how he builds on it.
For if you have ten thousand teachers in Christ still you have not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you by the gospel.
as I also please all in all things, not seeking my own profit but that of many, that they may be saved.
For we are not as many, who adulterate the word of God, [for gain]; but as of sincerity, but as of God, we speak before God in Christ.
For if I should even boast some of our authority which the Lord gave for your edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed.
Do you again think that we are defending ourselves? We speak in Christ before God; all these things, beloved, are for your edification.