1 Oh, that you would bear with me in a little a folly - and indeed you do bear with me. 2 For I am b jealous for you with godly jealousy. For c I have betrothed you to one husband, d that I may present you e as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as f the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds g may be corrupted from the 1 simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a h different gospel which you have not accepted - you may well put up with it! 5 For I consider that i I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles. 6 Even though j I am untrained in speech, yet I am not k in knowledge. But l we have 2 been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.
7 Did I commit sin in 3 humbling myself that you might be exalted, because I preached the gospel of God to you m free of charge? 8 I robbed other churches, taking wages from them to minister to you. 9 And when I was present with you, and in need, n I was a burden to no one, for what I lacked o the brethren who came from Macedonia supplied. And in everything I kept myself from being burdensome to you, and so I will keep myself. 10 p As the truth of Christ is in me, q no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? r Because I do not love you? God knows!
12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, s that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such t are false apostles, u deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into v an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, w whose end will be according to their works.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.