I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
But in all things presenting ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
And when I was present with you, and in want, I was chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you, and so will I keep myself.
He found him in a desert land, and in the wasteland of the howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.
You gave also your good spirit to instruct them, and withheld not your manna from their mouth, and gave them water for their thirst.
For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
Surely after I was turned, I repented; and after I was instructed, I struck myself upon the thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe who is instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is a householder, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old.
For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am humble among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
Have I committed an offense in humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
But you have not so learned Christ;