for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them.
I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage, who were the first to begin a year ago not only to do this, but also to desire to do it.
I am not speaking this as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of your love also.
Therefore openly before the churches, show them the proof of your love and of our reason for boasting about you.
But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat,
Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints),
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To
the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints who are throughout Achaia:
Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction.
and not only this, but he has also been appointed by the churches to travel with us in this gracious work, which is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself, and to show our readiness,
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,