2 Corinthians 12:11-21

I have become foolish; you yourselves compelled me. Actually I should have been commended by you, for in no respect was I inferior to the [a]most eminent apostles, even though I am a nobody. The [b]signs [c]of a true apostle were performed among you with all perseverance, by [d]signs and wonders and [e]miracles. For in what respect were you treated as inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself did not become a burden to you? Forgive me this wrong!

Here for this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you; for I do not seek what is yours, but you; for children are not responsible to save up for their parents, but parents for their children. I will most gladly spend and be expended for your souls. If I love you more, am I to be loved less? But be that as it may, I did not burden you myself; nevertheless, crafty fellow that I am, I took you in by deceit. Certainly I have not taken advantage of you through any of those whom I have sent to you, have I? I urged Titus to go, and I sent the brother with him. Titus did not take any advantage of you, did he? Did we not [f]conduct ourselves [g]in the same spirit and walk in the same steps?

All this time [h]you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Actually, it is in the sight of God that we have been speaking in Christ; and all for your upbuilding, beloved. For I am afraid that perhaps when I come I may find you to be not what I wish and may be found by you to be not what you wish; that perhaps there will be strife, jealousy, angry tempers, disputes, slanders, gossip, arrogance, disturbances; I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over many of those who have sinned in the past and not repented of the impurity, [i]immorality and sensuality which they have practiced.


Footnotes
  1. 2 Corinthians 12:11 Or super-apostles
  2. 2 Corinthians 12:12 Or attesting miracles
  3. 2 Corinthians 12:12 Lit of the apostle
  4. 2 Corinthians 12:12 Or attesting miracles
  5. 2 Corinthians 12:12 Or works of power
  6. 2 Corinthians 12:18 Lit walk
  7. 2 Corinthians 12:18 Or by the same Spirit
  8. 2 Corinthians 12:19 Or have you been thinking...?
  9. 2 Corinthians 12:21 I.e. sexual immorality

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