8 But then, indeed, j when you did not know God, k you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now l after you have known God, or rather are known by God, m how is it that you turn again to n the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 o You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, p lest I have labored for you in vain.
12 Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. q You have not injured me at all. 13 You know that r because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. 14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me s as an 1 angel of God, t even as Christ Jesus. 15 2 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? 17 They u zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. 18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. 19 v My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, 20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.