Ye are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men;
In the first place, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.
According to the grace of God bestowed on me, I, as a skilful masterbuilder, have laid the foundation; and another buildeth thereon; but let every one take heed, how he buildeth thereon.
Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?
I am not saying this to condemn you; for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die with you and to live with you.
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for your souls; though the more I love you, the less I am loved.
even as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, all of you being sharers of the grace bestowed on me.
For from you the word of the Lord hath sounded forth not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God hath become known; so that we need not say anything [about you].