I use indeed great freedom of speech toward you, yet I greatly glory upon your account: I am filled with comfort, and my joy is still superiour to all my affliction.
who comforteth me in all my tribulations, that I may be able to comfort them who are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith I myself am comforted of God.
and if my blood should serve as a libation to ratify your faith, I should rejoice and congratulate with you all thereupon;
Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and am filling up the measure of those remaining afflictions, which in my turn I am to suffer in this life, in the cause of Christ, for the sake of his body, which is the church:
and not only so, but we triumph in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, probation;
I continually give thanks to God on your behalf, for the favour he has bestowed on you thro' Jesus Christ;
as some of you have already own'd, that I am matter of joy to you, as you will be to me in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ:
but thanks be to God, who maketh me triumph, thro' Christ, and spreads his healing doctrine by me, in eevery place:
as sorrowful, though always cheerful; as poor, tho' inriching many; as having nothing, though contented with every thing.
nevertheless, God who comforteth those that are cast down, gave me comfort by the arrival of Titus: not barely by his presence,
wherefore show how much you love them, and how well you deserve the character I gave you, before all the churches.
for I know your generous propensity, and I mention'd it with applause to the Macedonians, that Achaia was ready a year ago; so that your zeal has influenc'd many others.
I who am a person of a mean presence, when among you, but exert myself upon your account, when absent; I Paul intreat you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, not to let me exert that authority,
as if I was inferior to them. but whatever they pretend to, (I must be so vain) I pretend to the like.
in particular for me, that I may have leave to speak without any restraint, and make known the mystery of the gospel,
agreeably to that expectation and persuasion I have, that I shall not labour in vain; but as I always have, so I shall still glorify Christ in my body, whether it be by life or by death: for if I live, I live to Christ;
on the contrary, notwithstanding the outrages, you know we suffer'd at Philippi, we had still the resolution, by the divine assistance, to preach the gospel of God to you without reserve against all opposition.
for what can be our hope, or joy, what can crown our pretensions, unless it be you, when we shall appear before the Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
Thus, my brethren, your conduct has given us great consolation, under all our persecutions and distress.