and because if I boasted of any thing to him concerning you, I was not ashamed; but as we have spoken all things to you in truth, so likewise our boasting of you to Titus was truth.
I use much freedom of speech to you, and I boast much of you: I am filled with comfort, and superabound in joy above all our affliction.
Therefore shew to them, and before the churches, the proof of your love, and the justness of our boasting concerning you.
But the faithful God, He knows, that our word to you was not yes and no.
But God, who comforteth those that are brought low, comforted us by the coming of Titus:
for I know your readiness of mind, which I boast of concerning you to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath excited many.
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:
so that we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God, for your patience and faith under all your persecutions and afflictions which ye endure.