I am speaking the truth in Christ, it is no lie. My conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have deep sorrow
It was for this testimony that I myself was appointed a herald and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), to be a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
God is my witness, to whom I render holy service in my spirit in the gospel of his Son, how unceasingly I am ever making mention of you in my prayers,
As the truth of Christ is in me, this boasting of mine shall not be stopped within the boundaries of Greece!
Do you think that all this time I am defending myself to you? It is before the presence of God that I am speaking in Christ; and all, beloved, for your upbuilding.
For they show that the work of the Law is written in their hearts, while their conscience bears them witness, as their reasonings accuse, or it may be defend, them,
For this is my proud boast, the testimony of my conscience, that it was in holiness and with pure motives before God, not in worldly wisdom, but in the grace of God, that I have conducted myself in the world, and above all in my relations with you.
But for my part I call God to witness, as my soul shall answer for it, that it was to spare you that I came not to Corinth
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am telling the truth.
For as you well know, I never resorted to flattery, nor to any pretext for enriching myself. God is my witness!
Now the end of the exhortation is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and an undissembled faith.
I charge you solemnly in the presence of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ and of the elect angels, that you observe these things without prejudice against any man, and do nothing out of partiality.
By this we shall come to know that we are really of the truth,