Ye are our epistle, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by all men:
And first I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is celebrated through the whole world:
According to the grace of God given to me, as a wise architect I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon: but let every one see to it how he buildeth thereon.
Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? and are not ye my work in the Lord?
I speak not this to condemn you: for I said before that ye are so much in our hearts that we could live and die with you.
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.
As it is just for me to think this of you all, because ye have me in your heart, both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, being all of you partakers of the same grace with me.
For the word of the Lord sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia; but also in every place your faith towards God is spread abroad, so that we have no need to say any thing of it.