11 I have become n a fool 1 in boasting; you have compelled me. For I ought to have been commended by you; for o in nothing was I behind the most eminent apostles, though p I am nothing. 12 q Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and r wonders and mighty s deeds. 13 For what is it in which you were inferior to other churches, except that I myself was not burdensome to you? Forgive me this wrong!
14 t Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for u I do not seek yours, but you. v For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent w for your souls; though x the more abundantly I love you, the less I am loved. 16 But be that as it may, y I did not burden you. Nevertheless, being crafty, I caught you by cunning! 17 Did I take advantage of you by any of those whom I sent to you? 18 I urged Titus, and sent our z brother with him. Did Titus take advantage of you? Did we not walk in the same spirit? Did we not walk in the same steps?
19 a Again, 2 do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? b We speak before God in Christ. c But we do all things, beloved, for your edification. 20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that d I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults; 21 lest, when I come again, my God e will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many f who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, g fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.